Ferries, schools shut down as typhoon nears


HAIKOU: The southern Chinese province of Hainan has ordered the suspension of all ferry services in the Qiongzhou Strait starting yesterday, as the 16th typhoon of the year barrels toward land.

Ferry operations between Hainan and Guangdong province were halted from 3am yesterday as a precaution against gales and torrential downpours, according to the Hainan maritime safety administration.

The tourist city of Sanya ordered all schools to suspend classes from Tuesday noon until yesterday noon, and all tourist sites in the city were temporarily closed.

Typhoon Nangka was about 220km east of the city of Wanning, Hainan province at 8am Tuesday and is expected to make landfall in the coastal regions from Lingshui to Wenchang in Hainan, the local meteorological authority said. — Xinhua

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