Tropical storm Haikui brings downpours, gales to Anhui

from Xinhua
Published on 09 Aug 2012 View Original 2012-08-09 20:25:44

HEFEI, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Haikui, which was downgraded to a severe tropical storm as of 4 p.m. Wednesday, slammed east China's Anhui province Wednesday night.

Haikui, which made landfall in the coastal province of Zhejiang at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday, has brought heavy downpours to east China and left three people dead as of Thursday.

Precipitation in many parts of Anhui exceeded 100 mm just hours after the arrival of the storm, with the city of Huangshan, a tourist destination popular for the Huangshan mountain range, receiving 392 mm, officials from the provincial hydrology bureau said.

The wind speed at Guangming, the second-highest peak of the Huangshan mountain range at an altitude of 1,860 meters, reached 117 kilometers per hour, officials said.

As of 7 a.m. Thursday, Haikui had left one person dead and affected over 1.35 million people in Anhui.

It also destroyed over 53,000 hectares of farmland and seriously damaged about 1,260 houses in the province.

The direct economic losses were estimated at about 670 million yuan(about 105.39 million U.S. dollars).

Local governments have relocated about 156,000 people to avoid typhoon-triggered risks.

To ensure the safety of tourists, local authorities have suspended the use of ropeways and closed some scenic areas in the range, officials said.

Shanghai was also lashed by a typhoon-triggered rainstorm Wednesday. Two people died and seven others were injured by rain-triggered accidents in Shanghai, according to the city's flood control and drought relief headquarters.

Haikui is the third typhoon to wallop China's eastern coast in a week, after storms Saola and Damrey hit the region over the weekend.

Editor: Lu Hui