Beijing (AFP/APP): A quarter million people were evacuated in southern China and Vietnam before a major typhoon roared ashore late Monday, bringing fierce winds and rain and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and trains.
The China Meteorological Administration said typhoon Talim, the fourth typhoon of the year, made landfall on the coast of Guangdong province at around 10:20 pm (1420 GMT), bearing maximum winds of 136.8 kilometers (85 miles) per hour.
Storm surges and lashing rains also hammered the southern coastline from Guangdong to Hainan provinces on Monday night, it said.
The forecaster had issued an orange alert, the second-highest warning in a four-tier colour-coded system.
Nearly 230,000 people in Guangdong were evacuated to safety before the storm’s landfall, including more than 8,000 fish-farm workers who were brought ashore, according to state news agency Xinhua. Local authorities also ordered the closure of dozens of coastal tourist destinations, it added.
The meteorological administration said the storm was moving to the northwest at a speed of about 20 kilometers per hour and could rake across the Guangxi region early Tuesday. Talim could lose speed by Tuesday morning and “weaken and dissipate over northern Vietnam” on Wednesday, it said.

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