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Typhoon Chan-Hom lands in E China, wreaks havoc

Updated: Jul 12,2015 9:30 AM     Xinhua

A man and his son walk against strong winds in Beilun District of Ningbo, east China’s Zhejiang Province, July 11, 2015. Typhoon Chan-Hom, the ninth typhoon this year, landed at 4:40 p.m. in Zhujiajian Township of Putuo District in the island city of Zhoushan, packing winds of up to 45 meters per second, according to the provincial meteorological station.[Photo/Xinhua]

A farmer checks his losses in Zhoushan, east China’s Zhejiang Province, July 11, 2015. Typhoon Chan-Hom, the ninth typhoon this year, landed at 4:40 p.m. in Zhujiajian Township of Putuo District in the island city of Zhoushan, packing winds of up to 45 meters per second, according to the provincial meteorological station.[Photo/Xinhua]

HANGZHOU -- Typhoon Chan-Hom made landfall on the afternoon of July 11 in east China, bringing with it severe winds and heavy rain to Zhejiang and neighboring provinces.

Chan-Hom, the ninth typhoon this year, landed at 4:40 p.m. in Zhujiajian Township of Putuo District in the island city of Zhoushan, packing winds of up to 45 meters per second, according to the provincial meteorological station.

However, the strength of the typhoon is waning and is moving northeast.

A man rides on a waterlogged road in Yuyao, east China’s Zhejiang Province, July 11, 2015. Typhoon Chan-Hom, the ninth typhoon this year, landed at 4:40 p.m. in Zhujiajian Township of Putuo District in the island city of Zhoushan, packing winds of up to 45 meters per second, according to the provincial meteorological station. [Photo/Xinhua]

A large number of cars stop on a bridge in Yuyao, east China’s Zhejiang Province, July 11, 2015. Typhoon Chan-Hom, the ninth typhoon this year, landed at 4:40 p.m. in Zhujiajian Township of Putuo District in the island city of Zhoushan, packing winds of up to 45 meters per second, according to the provincial meteorological station. [Photo/Xinhua]

Zhejiang was battered by gales and torrential rain, resulting in hundreds of flights being canceled and many highways closed, local authorities said on July 11.

So far, no casualties have been reported. More than 710,000 people and 81,460 hectares of farmland have been affected, according to the provincial flood control and drought prevention headquarters.

Some 94 houses collapsed and 11,224 enterprises closed due to flooding. Direct economic losses are estimated at 1.947 billion yuan (318 million U.S. dollars), according to the headquarters.

The worst hit sector is agriculture with a economic losses of 1.44 billion yuan, it said.

People ride on a waterlogged road in Yuyao, east China’s Zhejiang Province, July 11, 2015. Typhoon Chan-Hom, the ninth typhoon this year, landed at 4:40 p.m. in Zhujiajian Township of Putuo District in the island city of Zhoushan, packing winds of up to 45 meters per second, according to the provincial meteorological station. [Photo/Xinhua]

A man rides on a waterlogged road in Yuyao, east China’s Zhejiang Province, July 11, 2015. Typhoon Chan-Hom, the ninth typhoon this year, landed at 4:40 p.m. in Zhujiajian Township of Putuo District in the island city of Zhoushan, packing winds of up to 45 meters per second, according to the provincial meteorological station. [Photo/Xinhua]

Power supply to more than 200,000 household in 139 villages in the coastal city of Ningbo has been cut off since Friday night. More than 2,000 workers have been dispatched to repair the lines.

As of the morning of July 11, nine counties had recorded more than 100 mm of rain since July 10. Lai’ao Village in Sanmen County reported a record 404 mm of rainfall, according to the headquarters.

As of 3 p.m. of July 11, some 1.07 million people in the province had been evacuated and 29,641 ships recalled to port. The water level of 51 large and medium-sized reservoirs had exceeded the danger level.

Over 600 flights were canceled on July 11 in the cities of Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou and Taizhou. More than 7,300 coaches and all passenger ships also suspended service. Several high-speed trains starting from or arriving at the cities of Hangzhou and Ningbo were also canceled. China Southern Airlines and Air China, the two major carriers, canceled 339 and 144 flights respectively in east China the same day.

In neighboring Jiangsu Province, more than 46,000 people have been evacuated and 21,691 ships recalled to port. Many flights were canceled out of Nantong and Nanjing.

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