Nearly two lakh people evacuated as tropical storm hits China

Nearly two lakh people evacuated as tropical storm hits China

The storm brought strong winds and heavy rains, leaving one person injured and 148 units of housing damaged along coastal villages in Hainan's Guangcun Town yesterday, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said, adding that a total of 189,033 people had been evacuated to safe areas in the southern island province of Hainan as of early this morning.

But the headquarters received no damage reports from nearby Guangdong Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, which also experienced heavy rainfall, Xinhua said.

Today, the storm entered the sea in the east of Beibu Bay after passing Hainan's Changjiang County and is expected to head for coastal areas north of Vietnam, it said.

Nock-Ten, the eighth storm and the most powerful one to hit China so far this year, was recorded as packing winds of up to 28 metres per second when it landed at Longlou Town in the city of Wenchang at 5:40 pm yesterday.

At least 31 people died in the Philippines as a result of the storm.

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