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China: one million people evacuated at the approach of typhoon Chan-Hom

Des piétons luttent contre le vent et la pluie à Shanghai. La tempête devrait atteindre la ville de 23 millions d'habitants dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche.

Pedestrians struggle against the wind and rain in Shanghai. The storm is expected to reach the city of 23 million people in the night from Saturday to Sunday Photo credit:. CHINA NETWORK STRINGER / REUTERS

Une place de la ville de Ningbo, dans la province de Zhejiang, est recouverte par l'eau tombée en abondance.

A square in the city of Ningbo, Zhejiang province, is covered by water was plenty Photo credit:. STR / AFP

Près de 30.000 bateaux de pêche ont dû rentrer s'abriter au port, alors que des vagues hautes de 10 mètres déferlaient sur le rivage.

Nearly 30,000 fishing boats had to return to port to shelter, while 10 meters high waves surged ashore Photo credit:. WILLIAM HONG / REUTERS

Les autorités provinciales du Zhejiang ont déjà procédé à l'évacuation d'environ 960.000 personnes.

The Zhejiang provincial authorities have already evacuated about 960,000 people Photo credit:. CHINATOPIX / AP

Ce typhon est la deuxième tempête à toucher la Chine en deux jours après l'arrivée de la tempête tropicale Linfa (à gauche sur l'image satellite) sur les côtes de la province de Guangdong, au sud. Il pourrait être le plus puissant depuis 1949 à frapper la province de Zhejiang, située au sud de Shanghai.

This typhoon is the second storm to hit China in two days after the arrival of Tropical Storm Linfa (left on the satellite image) on the coast of Guangdong province in the south. It could be the most powerful since 1949 to hit Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai Photo credit:. HO / AFP

IN PICTURES / VIDEO – This typhoon could be the most powerful since 1949 to reach the area. The huge waves and strong winds have already spawned numerous evacuations and the closure of several buildings in Shanghai.

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The pictures are already impressive. Saturday, the powerful typhoon Chan-hom should affect China’s eastern coast, already hit by giant waves, causing the evacuation of nearly one million people and vast transportation disruptions.

The storm should make landfall in the afternoon or evening, near the port city of Ningbo, home to six million people. It should then move to Shanghai, which has 23 million inhabitants. This typhoon could be the most powerful since 1949 to hit Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai, said Chinese National Meteorological Center (NMC).

At noon (6:00 in Paris), Chan hom was located about 75 kilometers from the Zhejiang coast, with winds up to 173 km / h, having decelerated somewhat, as the NMC, which maintained a red alert, the highest.

The Zhejiang provincial authorities have already evacuated about 960,000 people, according to state media. Nearly 30,000 fishing boats had to return to port to shelter, while 10 meters high waves washed over the shore, had previously indicated the meteorological office.

Torrential rains

Through Zhejiang, violent storms tore already trees and traffic signs, and in the city of Cixi, an unoccupied building collapsed under the pressure of the wind, reported local television. It also aired floating melon dozens of pictures in a flooded field, in the district of Sanmen. “It could be that there is no harvest this season,” lamented a farmer.

Indeed, some parts of Zhejiang recorded heavy rains, with rainfall reaching 300 mm over the twenty last-four hours, according to local authorities. “The typhoon is approaching seems very powerful. We have closed all our doors and windows and stored food, “said the official news agency Xinhua Liu Yimin, a resident of the coastal village of Huagang.

Une vague gigantesque atteint la côte à Wenling, dans la province du Zhejiang, vendredi.
A giant wave reached the coast in Wenling, Zhejiang Province, Friday Photo credit:. CHINA NETWORK STRINGER / REUTERS

Fishermen from Fujian province, south of that of Zhenjiang, were also evacuated Friday. More than 30,000 people were evacuated in Fujian, and some 10,000 others in Jiangsu province, north of Shanghai.

More than 400 flights canceled

North of Ningbo, Shanghai-metropolis it is also preparing for the storm, urging the population to stay at home and canceling all scheduled events outdoors. The iconic Oriental Pearl Tower was now closed to tourists. More than 400 flights to or from the two airports in Shanghai were also canceled, as 330 long-distance bus routes and several trains. Car traffic in Shanghai was greatly reduced, in contrast to the usual bottlenecks. Along the streets in the city center, tree branches were torn off by the wind.

This typhoon is the second storm to hit China in two days after the arrival of tropical storm Linfa on the coast of Guangdong province in the south. Chan-hom has already killed five people in the Philippines this week and more than 20 injured Friday by sweeping the Japanese archipelago of Okinawa. He then crossed Taiwan, where four people were injured by falling trees.

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