This Sunday (25), eastern China began to feel the rains and strong winds with the approach of typhoon In-Fa, while other regions of the country are recovering from last week’s historic floods.
Rail traffic has shut down much of China’s east coast in anticipation of the arrival of In-Fa, which is expected to touch down at Ningbo port in the late afternoon or early evening on Sunday.
The effects of the typhoon were already felt on Sunday morning in Shanghai, the biggest city in China, with strong gusts of wind and constant rain.
Flights to and from Shanghai were canceled at the city’s two international airports, as were dozens of trains, while port activity in Shanghai and Ningbo, two of the world’s largest maritime terminals, was also suspended.
Some public attractions in Shanghai and other cities were closed and people were asked to avoid outdoor activities.
In central Henan province, at least 58 people have died in the past three days of torrential rain.
Millions of people were affected by these floods and some found themselves isolated, without clean water and food for several days.
The Chinese meteorological authority said In-Fa will lose steam after it touches the ground but will continue to advance for days across eastern China, causing heavy rains in regions still recovering from last week’s floods.
“It is necessary to be very vigilant and prevent disasters caused by extreme rains” from typhoon In-Fa, China’s Meteorological Administration said on Sunday.
China has suffered historic floods this year and one of the most severe typhoon seasons this year, but last week’s torrential downpours in Henan have raised questions about how to better prepare cities for weather phenomena like these, which experts attribute to climate change.
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