Typhoon brings Ningbo to a standstill

World | AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE 26 Jul 2021

Typhoon In-Fa uprooted trees and drenched communities in knee-deep water in parts of eastern China, but there were no reports of major damage as it made landfall yesterday.

Sea, air and rail traffic was shut down across a stretch of coast centered on the port of Ningbo, where the weakening typhoon rumbled ashore with winds of up to 38 meters per second, said the China Meteorological Administration.

Response teams in Ningbo cleared away fallen trees in the city center, while residents of some districts waded through floodwaters and merchants piled up sandbags.

The typhoon hit as the central province of Henan was still cleaning up after torrential downpours dumped a year's worth of rain in just three days last week.

Government officials yesterday added another five dead to the toll from the freak flooding in Henan, raising the total to 63.

In-Fa's effects were also felt in Shanghai, with strong wind.

All inbound and outbound flights were canceled at the city's two international airports, as were dozens of scheduled trains, while activity at its ports was also shut down.

The government announced that it would extend a suspension of railway services in and out of Shanghai to noon today.

Some public attractions in Shanghai and other cities, including Shanghai Disneyland, were closed.

The meteorological administration said that after landfall In-Fa would weaken but hover over a wide expanse of eastern China for days.

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