Shanghai Evacuates 200,000 Ahead of Huge Typhoon

Posted August 7th, 2012 at 3:15 pm (UTC-5)
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Some 200,000 people have been ordered out of their homes in Shanghai, where authorities are preparing for the third typhoon to hit the Chinese coast in a week.

Authorities say 23 people are dead and nine are missing after typhoons Damrey and Saola crashed into eastern Zhejiang province, causing flooding and landslides. The latest typhoon, dubbed Haikui, is expected to be the largest yet with winds reaching more than 70 kilometers per hour.

Zhejiang officials have evacuated more than 130,000 people, while in Shanghai, just to the north, about 200,000 of the city's 23 million residents have been moved.

Some 30,000 boats have been at port since Sunday in anticipation of the storm. All outdoor group activities have been banned. City parks and summer classes are cancelled, and outdoor construction has stopped.

The typhoons not only affect China, but other countries surrounding the South China Sea. This week, the Philippine capital of Manila experienced landslides and flooding in the wake of Typhoon Saola. Thousands have had to leave their homes, and at least 50 people in the region have been killed.