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25 July 2006 :: 14:07:45 pm 32975

China Braces For Typhoon Kaemi

Fuzhou, China – Hours after it lasher the island of Taiwan, China braces for the arrival of typhoon Kaemi.
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  Only a few days after recovering from typhoon Bilis, which killed more than 600 people, 3000 police have been stationed in southeastern Fujian province to prepare for the arrival of Kaemi. The police are equipped with about 130 vans and 80 boats as they prepare for the fifth typhoon to hit the nation this year.

   On Tuesday, Kaemi pounded Taiwan’s southeastern coast. The storm disrupted trains, flights and caused power outages to roughly 20,000 homes. Before hitting Taiwan, it swung into the Philippines with winds reaching 100 kilometers an hour.  

   Trains resumed normal operations, but flights to eastern and southern Taiwan had to remain grounded on Tuesday. Residents were urged to stay alert as heavy rains were expected over the next few days.

   Classes and government offices were closed in most parts of Taiwan due to the typhoon, with the exception of the capital Taipei, which stayed opened.

   In the southern area of Taitung, land slides started around midnight, and moved towards the Taiwan Strait before dawn, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

   In the eastern provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang, about 7000 people from local fishing villages, mainly children and elderly people, were ordered to return to shore on Monday. 30,000 others are to be brought back to shore earlier on Tuesday.

   Vice Premier Hui Liangyu, ordered officials to keep a watchful eye on the rivers and reservoirs for signs of flooding, and to watch for landslides that often bury mountain villages.

   Kaemi is expected to reveal itself to the Fujian coast Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, bringing with it strong winds and heavy rainstorms.

   The storm has already been bringing extremely hot and hazy weather to the special administrative region of Hong Kong.

   Storms often hit southeast and eastern Asia, especially the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan and China, from early summer to late autumn.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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