Typhoon In-Fa uprooted trees and flooded cities and towns with water up to half a meter deep in eastern China, but no major damage was reported after making landfall on Sunday.
Maritime, air and rail traffic was halted across large areas of the coast, especially around the main shipping port in Ningbo, where the typhoon hit the coast in the middle of the day after its intensity eased and was accompanied by winds of 38 meters per second (about 137 kilometers per hour), according to the China Meteorological Administration. .
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Response teams in Ningbo removed fallen trees in the city center while residents in some neighborhoods waded through floodwaters and merchants piled sandbags in front of their shops to stop water from seeping into them.
The typhoon hit while the central province of Henan is still working to clean up the damage left by very heavy rain, which usually falls for a year, but it rained down on it in just three days last week.
Government officials said Sunday that the floods in Henan left five more deaths, bringing the total number of deaths to 63.
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Residents of Shanghai, China’s largest city, also felt the impact of Typhoon N-Fa on Sunday, with strong winds and steady, if not heavy, rain.
It was decided to cancel all domestic and international flights Sunday at the city’s two international airports, as well as dozens of train trips, while activity in Shanghai and Ningbo ports, two of the largest in the world, was also suspended.
The government announced that it would extend the suspension of rail services in and out of Shanghai until midday on Monday.
Some public entertainment areas in Shanghai and other cities, including Shanghai Disneyland, were also closed, and authorities called on residents to avoid outdoor activities.
The weather agency said the strength of the typhoon will ease after making landfall, but it will continue for several days to hover over a wide swathe of eastern China, bringing torrential rains, possibly over areas still recovering from last week’s floods.
“It is necessary to exercise extreme caution and avoid disasters that could result from heavy rains,” the Met Office said on Sunday.
China has suffered from millennia of annual summer floods and typhoon season, but last week’s unprecedented rains in Henan raised questions about how cities could better prepare for the exotic and extreme weather events that experts say are occurring so rapidly. Increasing and more severe due to climate change.
Millions were affected by the Henan floods, with some trapped without fresh food or drinking water for days, while economic losses were estimated at billions of dollars.
Henan Province, like most parts of China, includes rivers, dams and reservoirs, many of which were built decades ago to contain the flow of water and irrigate agricultural areas.