Typhoon, tropical storm claim four lives in China

Typhoon, tropical storm claim four lives in China

A four-year-old boy was killed as Morakot, packing winds up to 118.8 kilometres per hour in its eye, made landfall in the coastal areas of Beibi Town in Fujian province, the local meteorological bureau said.

Authorities have relocated 4,90,000 residents of the coastal province of Zhejiang while more than 5,05,000 people were evacuated from the Fujian province. In Fuzhou, capital of Fujian, 34 domestic flights were cancelled and 20 delayed because of unfavourable weather.  In Zhejiang, 155 passenger ships were cancelled and over 7,400 vessels were called back from the sea as the maritime authority raised typhoon alarm to its highest level.

The front of the eighth typhoon of the year had previously triggered continuous downpours and strong winds in Fujian and its neighbouring Zhejiang Province before its landing, which forced the evacuation of nearly one million people to safety, Xinhua news agency reported.
Meanwhile, three fishermen were confirmed dead and another 26 missing in more than ten maritime disasters caused by tropical storm Goni in south Chinese island province of Hainan, local officials said.

Two fishermen were killed and another three missing when their fishing boat capsized at the Yangpu Port. One fisherman died and another was missing after a second boat sank in the sea near Danzhou City, an official of the Hainan provincial government said.

Four crew members on a Cambodian vessel were still missing off Dongfang City.

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