Typhoon Renfa approaches, China closes ports and cancels flights | Weather News
The storm is expected to hit eastern Zhejiang Province on Sunday, while other parts of China are struggling to recover from devastating floods earlier this week.
Before Typhoon Renfa is expected to make landfall, China has closed railways and ports, ordered cargo ships to go to sea, and cancelled flights.
The storm is expected to hit the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang near Shanghai later on Sunday, while the rest of the country is working hard to recover from Devastating flood Earlier this week.
When In-Fa moved from Taiwan to the northwest, sustained wind speeds of 155 kilometers per hour (95 miles per hour) and gusts of up to 191 kilometers per hour (120 miles per hour) caused heavy waves and heavy rain there, but no casualties Report.
The official Xinhua News Agency said schools, markets and businesses in Zhejiang were ordered to close, adding that road traffic would be suspended if necessary.
According to the China Railway Corporation, the authorities have issued a third level alert to In-Fa, and more than 100 trains crossing the area have been cancelled.
Shanghai authorities closed some parks and museums on Saturday and warned residents to “stop large-scale outdoor gatherings” and stay indoors.
According to the “Zhejiang Daily” report on its website, the airport in Hangzhou, the capital of southwest Shanghai, cancelled 90% of its flights on Sunday, and more flights are expected to be cancelled on Monday.
At the same time, all container ship terminals in Yangshan Port, south of Shanghai, were closed, and 150 ships including passenger ships and cargo ships were evacuated.
In Henan Province in central China, where historic flooding this week has killed at least 58 people, the authorities are gradually clearing and reopening roads blocked by vehicles and debris.
Millions of people were affected by the floods, some were trapped for days without fresh food or water, while others were carried to safety by excavator buckets.
According to the Henan Provincial Government, more than 495,000 people have been evacuated and floods have caused billions of dollars in damage.
Henan emergency response officer Li Changxun warned on Saturday that the province will need to undergo large-scale cleaning and disinfection to “ensure that no epidemics will occur after the disaster.”
Photos posted by state media and government social media accounts on Saturday show that rescuers continued to shovel mud and clear uprooted trees across the province.
This week, torrential rain brought a year of rain to the worst-hit Zhengzhou city in three days. At the peak of Tuesday, at least a dozen people died in the subway trains due to flooding trapped passengers in the carriages.
The official media warned that In-Fa may bring more downpours to parts of the province in the coming days.
For thousands of years, China has been in the flood season every year, but the record rainfall in Henan has raised questions about how Chinese cities can better prepare for abnormal weather events. Experts say that due to climate change, this kind of weather The frequency and intensity of incidents are increasing.
Henan Province is surrounded by rivers, dams and reservoirs, many of which were built decades ago to manage floods and irrigate agricultural areas, but rapid urban expansion has strained the existing drainage system.