China evacuates 500,000 people as tropical storm approaches

September 15th, 2008 - 12:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Fuzhou (China), Sep 15 (Xinhua) Authorities Monday evacuated some 500,000 people in east China’s Zhejiang and Fujian provinces as tropical storm Sinlaku, which has weakened from a typhoon, approached. In Zhejiang, 30,000 fishing boats were recalled to harbour.

Heavy rains were reported in eastern and northern parts of Zhejiang and central and northern parts of Fujian.

Sinlaku, the 13th tropical storm of the year in China, made landfall in northeastern Taiwan Sunday injuring 13 people and disrupting power and water supplies.

Offices, businesses and and schools were closed in 21 counties and cities on the island Sunday.

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