SHANGHAI Aug 6 Chinese authorities evacuated
more than 200,000 residents from eastern Zhejiang province and
cancelled more than 200 flights, as the region braced itself for
a typhoon that could be the worst in the area in years.
Typhoon Muifa was due to hit China's eastern seaboard this
weekend packing winds up to 45 metres a second (100 mph). News
of the typhoon prompted the suspension of operations at several
oil, dry bulk and container ports in the area on Friday.
Shanghai cancelled 75 afternoon flights, Hangzhou cancelled
140 flights and Air China cancelled all inbound and outbound
flights, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
China's National Marine Environmental Forecasting Centre
issued a red alert for waves up to 10 metres (33 feet) high in
the east China sea.
More than 10 fishing boats with about 200 people on board
were missing off China's east coast on Saturday morning, Xinhua
reported, though it was unclear if those incidents were related
to the typhoon.
Typhoon Muifa will likely land in Zhejiang
Province or Shanghai during the weekend and Zhejiang officials
have evacuated 206,664 people from coastal areas.
China's meteorological authorities said on Saturday that the
typhoon would bring heavy rains to coastal regions.
(Reporting by Melanie Lee and Helen Ding; Editing by Ron