Monday, August 10, 2009

Shanghai braces for rain after typhoon hits coast

SHANGHAI — Shanghai braced for torrential rain Monday after Typhoon Morakot slammed China's southeast coast, prompting the evacuation of nearly a million people and leaving one dead, officials said.

The typhoon was downgraded to a tropical storm as it approached Shanghai but was still forecast to bring rain of up to 90 millimetres (3.5 inches) an hour to China's largest city and the eastern provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Shandong and Anhui, the National Meteorological Centre said.

The tropical storm's intensity was weakening after leaving a child dead in the city of Wenzhou on Sunday and at least 12 dead in Taiwan, where it caused the worst flooding in 50 years.

The storm's centre hit the border of Zhejiang and Fujian provinces at five am Monday (2100 GMT Sunday), lashing cities in the area with 83 kilometre (51 mile) per hour winds, Shanghai's meteorological bureau said.

More than 3.4 million people in Zhejiang suffered property losses as hundreds of villages were flooded and more than 1,800 houses collapsed, Xinhua said, citing the Provincial Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters.

In Cangnan, one of 20 flooded counties in Zhejiang, vehicles left parked on main roads were submerged in a meter of water, according to Xinhua.

The powerful storm left tens of thousands trapped after floods and mudslides in Taiwan, before landing in China's Fujian province at 4:20 pm (0820 GMT) on Sunday.

A four-year-old child died in Wenzhou after his family's house collapsed in heavy rains and winds before the typhoon even made landfall in mainland China, the official news agency Xinhua reported.

The child was buried along with four adults in debris and died after emergency treatment failed, Xinhua said, citing the city's flood-control headquarters.

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