September 11, 2005

Chinese evacuate as typhoon threatens Shanghai

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has evacuated hundreds of
thousands of people living in the path of a typhoon which was
forecast on Sunday to lash the east coast as it heads toward
Shanghai, state media said.

Typhoon Khanun, which spared the island of Taiwan on
Saturday, would unleash its full force between coastal Cangnan
and Dinghai counties in Zhejiang province.

The port of Ningbo was directly in its path, according to
Tropical Storm Risk Web typhoon tracker.

"More than 305,000 residents living in areas to be
endangered by Khanun have been relocated to safe places, and
over 31,000 ships and boats were called back to harbour,"
Xinhua quoted the provincial flood control and drought relief
headquarters as saying.

Authorities in Shanghai, China's financial center north of
Zhejiang, had issued the yellow warning signal, demanding that
more than 100,000 people working outdoors or living in sheds
and other temporary housing evacuate to safety.

"Heavy rainstorms will strike Shanghai Sunday and Monday,
Xinhua said.

Typhoon Matsa swept up China's east coast at the beginning
of August, killing three people and forcing more than a million
to flee their homes.

At the beginning of this month, Typhoon Talim killed up to
56 people in eastern China after unleashing torrential rains
and triggering floods and landslides.

Typhoons, known as hurricanes in the West, gather strength
from warm sea water and tend to dissipate after making

They frequently hit Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Hong
Kong and southern China during a season that lasts from early
summer to late autumn.