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China evacuates almost 1 million people as powerful typhoon chan-hom approaches

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Almost 1 million people have been evacuated from coastal areas of eastern China in anticipation of a powerful typhoon Chan-hom.

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[AP]

Chan-hom is expected to make landfall south of Shanghai later on Today Saturday.

Winds have been recorded at up to 187km/h (116 mph) and about 400 flights have been cancelled.

The storm left five people dead in the Philippines earlier in the week. It also hit Taiwan and Japan, uprooting trees and injuring several people.

China’s National Meteorological Centre warned that Chan-hom could be the worst typhoon to strike the region since 1949.

It was forecast to make landfall in Zhejiang province near the port city of Ningbo, before moving towards Shanghai.

The BBC’s John Sudworth in Shanghai says the city is already feeling the power of the storm, with high winds and heavy rain.

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Huge waves were crashing into the coast of Zhejiang province – BBC

Officials in Zhejiang have called nearly 29,000 fishing boats back to port amid reports of waves up to 10m (33ft) high, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Chinese television showed footage of coastal regions being battered by torrential rain as the typhoon neared.

Source: BBC News

Neighbouring countries hit

Chan-hom caused 20 injuries as it moved over islands in southern Japan, Kyodo news agency reported, citing the Okinawa prefecture government.

The storm also dumped rain on Taiwan, where several flights were suspended. The stock market and public offices were closed Friday in Taipei, Taiwan’s capital.

People in coastal fishing farms in Fujian province to the south of Zhejiang were also asked to evacuate Friday morning when the NMC first issued a red alert, the highest level, for the super typhoon.

The typhoon is the second storm to hit China in two days after severe tropical storm Linfa made landfall on the coast of southern Guangdong province.

Earlier in the week, Typhoon Linfa displaced 56,000 people in southern China’s Guangdong province

Source: aljazeera.com

Related to: Flights to-and-from Hong Kong rescheduled due to Typhoon Linfa

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