Typhoon Haikui wrecks havoc on China`s coast

Haikui is the third typhoon to wallop China`s eastern coast in a week, after storms Saola and Damrey hit the region over the weekend.

Updated: Aug 09, 2012, 00:12 AM IST

Beijing: Millions of people in China were displaced when typhoon Haikui, the worst storm to hit the country`s coast since 2005, wrecked havoc in the eastern parts with heavy flooding.

Haikui, the 11th typhoon to hit China this year lashed Zhejiang Province in the early hours today with winds speeds touching 150 km.

Provincial authorities have evacuated 1.5 million people in preparation for the storm, as it is expected to remain in the province for 24 hours before moving to neighbouring Anhui Province, Li Jian, head of the provincial meteorological bureau told the official media.

Rain-triggered flooding stranded about 130 people in three hotels in the city of Lin`an, of which 123 people have been rescued so far, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Roads to the hotels were flooded, forcing the rescuers to walk the last two kilometres on foot, rescuers said.

Another 300 tourists were stranded in a scenic area in Anji County after a bridge linking the scenic spot and the foot of a nearby mountain was destroyed yesterday, county officials said.

The bridge was briefly fixed yesterday afternoon and some tourists were rescued, but the bridge was severed again today morning after more rains hit the area, officials said.

The rains have also caused 12 townships to lose power, according to the provincial power company.
Railway authorities have cancelled all passenger trains departing from and arriving at the cities of Hangzhou and Ningbo in Zhejiang.

The Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport closed at 7:30 am (local time) due to strong winds, airport staff said.