Typhoon Ying-Fa hits eastern China

Two international airports in the Chinese city of Shanghai canceled all flights and authorities banned outdoor activities as Typhoon Ying-Fa hit eastern China with strong winds and heavy rains.

Ying-Fa reached the Putuo area of Zhoushan city, a major port in eastern Zhejiang province, at 12:30 p.m. (04:30 GMT) on Sunday, state broadcaster CCTV reported, citing the China Meteorological Administration.

The storm hit central China, which is still experiencing record flooding that killed at least 58 people, cut off electricity and forced the relocation of more than 1 million people.

“We will make every effort to ensure the safety of people’s lives and property, do everything to minimize losses from the disaster, and strive to achieve the goal of no deaths, no injuries and no economic losses,” Yuan Jiajun, secretary of the Zhejiang Provincial Communist Party, said during an inspection of preparations Saturday, according to official media reports.

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