|Sea waves hit the coast at the Magang fishing village in New Taipei City as Typhoon Chanthu approaches on Sep 12, 2021. (File photo by= AFP/Sam Yeh)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] SHANGHAI: After drenching Taiwan though, causing little damage there, authorities in Shanghai and neighbouring coastal regions cancelled flights, and suspended schools, subways and trains as Typhoon Chanthu approached China, Reuters reported.
The storm, with winds of more than 170kmh near its eye, had been downgraded from a super typhoon to a strong typhoon on Sunday (Sep 12) evening and was expected to gradually weaken, Shanghai city authorities said in a post on their official WeChat account. But it’s still expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain to coastal regions. Port terminals in Shanghai regions suspended containers import and export services from Monday till further notice.
The province of Zhejiang near Shanghai raised its emergency response to the highest level on Sunday, closing schools and suspending flights and rail services in some cities, the official Xinhua news service reported. Zhejiang also issued red alerts for flash floods in nine districts. Ningbo port, China's second-biggest container transporting hub after Shanghai, had suspended operations since Sunday noon. Official forecasts called for rainfall of 250mm to 280mm in some areas of south-eastern Jiangsu province, Shanghai and north-eastern Zhejiang. The typhoon passed by Taiwan's east coast over the weekend, disrupting transport and causing some power outages, but otherwise little damage.