BEIJING: Chinese authorities have evacuated more than 800,000 people and canceled hundreds of flights as a super-typhoon with wind gusts up to 200 kilometers (125 miles) per hour headed toward the country's southeastern coast on Saturday.
Typhoon Chan-hom is expected to hit land Saturday afternoon between the coastal cities of Rui'an and Zhoushan, south of Shanghai, according to China's national weather service. It said the typhoon might be the most powerful to hit China since the communist government took power in 1949.
Some 865,000 people were evacuated from coastal areas of Zhejiang province, the provincial Civil Affairs Bureau said. The provincial flood control bureau said 28,764 ships had been ordered back to port by late Friday.
The country's railway service said more than 100 trains between the region's cities were canceled through Sunday.
All flights into and out of Zhoushan were canceled and bus services and speedboat ferry services halted. Elsewhere in Zhejiang, 388 flights were canceled in Hangzhou, 34 in Ningbo and 37 in Wenzhou, according to the provincial government.
Several area cities suspended inter-city bus services.
56 mins ago
Well prepared country from natural disaster
2 hrs ago
Natural disaters have to be handled like this on a war footing
kevinimorton kevinimorton () 3 hrs ago
Great job done by a government. They have mastered the art of safety for the past 60 plus years thats y their people are prosperous and wealthy. The government never lets any danger come to its people. Hats of to you what a great example to others to follow
3 hrs ago
Good Show of preparedness by Chinese Administration.
3 hrs ago
humans should face the fury of nature occasionally to lesson the arrogance of them
aj (mas) 5 hrs ago
typhoon is deadly
Himadri Datta () 6 hrs ago
Hope ppl living in Ningbo are all well as its close to my heart n I lived there for 6 long years...God Bless !!
It is a big feat to evacuate such large number in a short notice. Congratulations China!.