Over 850,000 evacuated due to China storms

August 5th, 2012 - 12:34 am ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 4 (IANS) Around 867,000 people have been evacuated from the eastern coast of China after gales lashed the region following the arrival of two tropical storms, the government said.

The ministry of civil affairs said tropical storm Saola, which weakened from a typhoon, made landfall in Fuding city in east China’s Fujian province Friday, packing winds of 90 km per hour, Xinhua reported.

Till Friday evening, 214,000 residents in Fujian were relocated.

In the neighbouring province of Zhejiang, about 716,000 people were affected by Saola, among whom 349,000 were evacuated, the ministry said.

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