China evacuates 120,000 people as Typhoon Neoguri nears

April 18th, 2008 - 5:57 pm ICT by admin  

Haikou, April 18 (Xinhua) About 120,000 people have been evacuated from fish farms and low-lying coastal areas to safe places in south China’s Hainan province as Typhoon Neoguri approaches the island. The Hainan flood control authorities said till Friday, 42,000 residents had been moved to safety.

Neoguri was 120 km southeast of Wenchang city at 3 p.m. Friday, packing winds of about 120 km per hour. It is forecast to make landfall in the coastal area of Wenchang between midnight Friday and 4 a.m. Saturday.

The storm is expected to bring up to 150 mm of rainfall.

Train services via ferries across the Qiongzhou Strait between the island and mainland have been suspended. Flights were still operating as of Friday afternoon.

Guangdong flood control authorities said residents in low-lying areas and dangerous houses had been evacuated to safety.

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