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More than 100,000 evacuated in east China as tropical storm Muifa approaches


13:14, August 08, 2011

Guardrail is blown down by strong wind on the Nanjing Road of Qingdao, a coastal city in east China's Shandong Province, Aug. 8, 2011. Typhoon Muifa has swept over the coast of Qingdao, and continued to move northwards. (Xinhua/Li Ziheng)

More than 100,000 people were evacuated in east China's Shandong Province on Monday as tropical storm Muifa continues to move along the country's eastern coast.

More than 20,000 fishing boats were called back to harbor by early Monday morning, local authorities said.

According to the provincial meteorological observatory, the storm, which weakened from a powerful typhoon on Sunday, has unleashed torrential rains in the coastal areas of Shandong, soaking as many as 85 counties and villages with precipitation levels of 50 to 100 mm.

The storm was located about 100 km southeast of the province and was moving north at a speed of 25 km per hour as of 6 a.m. Monday.

Muifa, the ninth typhoon to hit China this year, swirled into the East China Sea on Friday morning.

It is predicted to land somewhere between north China's Liaoning Province and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Monday.

A total of 756 temporary shelters have been set up in Liaoning's border city of Dandong, according to the Liaoning flood control and drought relief headquarters. The shelters are capable of accommodating over 1 million people, the headquarters said.

Six thousand military personnel are prepared to conduct rescue and repair work after the storm has passed, the headquarters said.

In the neighboring province of Jilin, the storm is expected to bring high winds and heavy rains, said Wang Xiaoming, head of the provincial meteorological observatory.

Local governments have been ordered to take precautions against any natural disasters that might occur as a result of the storm, he said.


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