Over 33,000 evacuated as Typhoon Lupit makes landfall in China's Guangdong

Fishing boats berth at a dock in Zhangzhou City, southeast China's Fujian Province, Aug 4, 2021 before Typhoon Lupit made landfall. - Xinhua

GUANGZHOU (Xinhua): More than 33,000 residents have been evacuated to safe places as Typhoon Lupit, the ninth one this year, made landfall on Thursday (Aug 5) in coastal areas of south China's Guangdong Province.

The typhoon landed at around 11.20am in the coastal waters off Nan'ao County, Shantou City, packing winds of up to 24 metres per second (86kph) at its centre, according to the meteorological observatory of Guangdong Province.

The province has also shut down 43 seaside scenic spots and bathing beaches, the provincial emergency management department said.

More than 3,500 fishing boats have returned to ports and over 6,200 people, engaged in mariculture in offshore waters, have gone ashore to avoid danger.

Gales and rainfall brought by Lupit will continue in the next three days.

Heavy rain is expected to lash the southeastern part of Zhejiang, the eastern part of Fujian, most of Guangdong and the southeastern part of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

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