36,000 evacuated in China’s Fuzhou due to Typhoon Haikui

FUZHOU: More than 36,000 people in Fuzhou, capital of east China’s Fujian province, have been temporarily evacuated as Typhoon Haikui brought heavy rainstorms, authorities said Wednesday, reported Xinhua.

As of 7 am Wednesday, torrential rains had inflicted damage to 147 townships in the city, leading to a direct economic loss of over 552 million yuan (US$76.7 million), according to the city’s flood control and drought relief headquarters.

Multiple areas of the city experienced heavy rainstorms starting from 9 pm Tuesday, with cumulative precipitation from 9 pm Tuesday to 5 am Wednesday breaking three-hour and six-hour maximum rainfall records of the Wushan national weather station.

Primary schools, middle schools, kindergartens and extracurricular training institutions remained suspended on Wednesday, and buses, subways, trains and airport shuttle buses temporarily suspended operations. Resorts and parks were temporarily closed.

Fujian province raised the emergency response for heavy rain to Level II at 11 pm Tuesday.

Meanwhile, rain continues to lash the city. –Bernama