05 Aug '11, 11pm

China evacuates 200,000 ahead of typhoon

SHANGHAI: China evacuated more than 200,000 people on its east coast and cancelled nearly 200 flights on Friday in preparation for the most powerful typhoon to hit the country in years. Typhoon Muifa, which was packing winds of up to 162 kilometres per hour, is expected to make landfall on China's east coast on Saturday evening or on Sunday, the official Xinhua news agency said. The eastern province of Zhejiang, located south of Shanghai, had moved to safety just over 206,000 people from its coastal areas in the path of the typhoon by Friday evening, Xinhua said. A weather official in Shanghai told local media the city had "basically ruled out" a direct hit, yet warned it might be close. The typhoon would be the worst to affect China's commercial centre since 2005, when Typhoon Matsa killed seven people. China Southern Airlines said it would cancel more than 140 flights to...

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