Typhoon Haima target southern China, forcing the evacuation of over 50,000 people

October 22, 2016 1:30 pm

A pedestrian crosses a road next to a coastal barrier as Typhoon Haima approaches Hong Kong, October 21, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Typhoon Haima has hit southern after battering northern Philippines, forcing the evacuation of over 50,000 people.
The esidents of the cities of Shanwei and Shantou in China’s Guangdong Province were forced to move to safer ground as the strong typhoon made landfall in Shanwei Friday afternoon.
It packed winds of up to 166 kilometers per hour before weakening to a tropical storm, according to local officials and media outlets, which reported no storm related deaths as of Saturday.

People are sprayed by water from a crashing wave as they stand next to a coastal barrier as Typhoon Haima approaches Hong Kong, October 21, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

A number of villages experienced power outages and local authorities remained on the lookout for potential landslides.
China also suspended dozens of flights and rail services in several southern provinces. Authorities in Shenzhen City further ordered the closure of schools, markets and factories and halted public transportation in some areas.

A man watches as a wave crashes against a coastal barrier as Typhoon Haima approaches Hong Kong, October 21, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Hong Kong, meanwhile, suspended stock market trading on Friday and shut down schools, offices and commuter ferry services as the typhoon hammered the financial hub with rains and wind gusts of up to 109 kilometers per hour.
More than 740 flights to and from Hong Kong’s international airport were canceled or delayed due to the storm, leaving a peculiar calm in the streets of the usually bustling city.
Haima’s fierce winds and rain in the Philippines on Thursday revived fears of the catastrophe caused by Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which left 7,300 dead.

A resident dries her clothes on a destroyed tree near her house destroyed at the height of typhoon Haima, in Tuguegarao City, north of Manila, the Philippines, October 21, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

However, massive casualties were reportedly averted in the country after more than 100,000 people from high-risk communities fled to safer ground.
Several villages were cut off by fallen trees, landslides and , hindering communications and aid efforts.
At least 13 people were killed, mostly in landslides and floods, in the fast-moving storm, officials said. But the evacuations from high-risk communities helped prevent a larger number of casualties.
The extent of damage in Cagayan, nearly 500 kilometers north of Manila, where the typhoon made landfall, was evident in overturned vans, toppled or leaning electric posts and debris blocking roads.
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