BEIJING (AP) – China’s Shanghai Mall and neighboring coastal regions canceled all flights, slowed or suspended subways and closed businesses before Typhoon In-fa made landfall Sunday afternoon.
The typhoon is expected to hit Zhejiang province on the east coast, even as central China is still reeling from record floods that killed at least 58 people, cut off power and forced more than 1 million people to relocate. people.
“We will do everything we can to ensure the safety of people’s lives and property, and we will do our best to minimize disaster losses, and we will strive to achieve the goal of no deaths and few injuries and economic losses.” said Yuan Jiajun of the Zhejiang Province Communist Party. secretary, during an inspection of the preparations on Saturday, official media reported.
At 8 a.m. (0000 GMT) Sunday, the typhoon was about 95 km (59 miles) from Zhoushan, a major port in Zhejiang, and was moving at a speed of 15 km per hour (9 miles per hour), according to China’s weather report. The administration said.
In-fa wind speeds reached 38 meters per second, the China Meteorological Administration said. That works out to about 137 kilometers per hour (85 mph), according to Reuters calculations.
It was to travel north along the Zhejiang coast around noon, passing through Shanghai and reaching the northeast of Jiangsu province at night.
Zhejiang’s emergency management department improved its typhoon response to the highest level on Saturday, closing schools and markets and suspending road traffic when necessary.
Both Shanghai, home to some 26 million people, and Hangzhou in the south, canceled inbound and outbound flights since Saturday, and many train services in the region were also stopped.
The Shanghai government said it would reduce the speed of its subways, while Hangzhou authorities warned residents that subways would be suspended.
Floods in the central Chinese city of Zhengzhou last week killed 12 people who were trapped in the subway system.
Shanghai Disneyland will close on Sunday and Monday due to weather, the complex announced, while the city’s Yangshan port has evacuated hundreds of vessels, the official Xinhua news agency reported. (Reporting by Dominique Patton and Sophie Yu; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)