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Fujian braces for Typhoon Megi

10-23-2010 13:33 BJT

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Typhoon Megi is expected to deliver strong winds and heavy rainfall, when it strikes the coast of Fujian province.

Local authorities are on standby, while residents have been told to stay indoors. Fishing boats have also been ordered to return to harbor.

As typhoon Megi approaches, the coast of Fujian Province is already being hit by waves three to five meters high.

At Dongshan city, wind speeds are reach 65 kilometers per hour.

Local authorities are on standby, making every effort to minimize losses caused by the wild weather.

More than 20-thousand soldiers and residents are working to reinforce dams.

Meanwhile, soldiers survey nearby dykes to ensure they can withstand rising water levels. They're also patrolling at-risk areas, and helping residents transfer goods to higher grounds.

Yao Xusheng, Dongshan Police Station, said, "We provided water and food to residents and help those still on the sea to return safe."

More than 50-thousand boats in the province returned to harbor, no fishing on the sea is allowed.

Local Fisherman, Fujian Province, said, "We have nothing to do but wait until the typhoon passes. Then we will go out fishing when the weather subsides."

To ensure the safety of those living in old houses along the coast, 14-hundred residents in Dongshan City have been transferred to safety in the wake of the upcoming typhoon.

This old woman is alone in her house, sick in bed. After constant persuading from local authorities, she finally agrees to leave.

Local Resident, said, "I am grateful to them, if they didn't come to inform me of the typhoon, I would not have known."

The wild weather is also influencing shipping routes to Quanzhou City.

All ships from Quanzhou to Taiwan-administered Jinmen have been ordered to cancel their trips.

It's unclear when routes will re-open.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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