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China evacuates 865,000 as super-typhoon nears

Chinese authorities have evacuated more than 800,000
people and cancelled hundreds of flights as a super-
typhoon with wind gusts of up to 200kmph headed toward
the country’s southeastern coast.

Typhoon Chan-hom is expected to hit land on Saturday
afternoon between the coastal cities of Ruian and
Zhoushan, south of Shanghai, according to China’s national
weather service. It said the typhoon might be the most
powerful to hit China since 1949.

About 865,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas
of Zhejiang province, the provincial Civil Affairs Bureau
said. The provincial flood control bureau said 28,764 ships
had been ordered back to port by late Friday.

The country’s railway service said more than 100 trains
between the region’s cities were cancelled through Sunday.

All flights into and out of Zhoushan were cancelled and bus
services and speedboat ferry services halted. Elsewhere in
Zhejiang, 388 flights were cancelled in Hangzhou, 34 in
Ningbo and 37 in Wenzhou, according to the provincial

Several area cities suspended inter-city bus services.

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