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Typhoon threat looms over S China Sea; 48 tourists rescued

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Forty-eight tourists who were stranded on an Island in the South Sea were rescued as typhoon Talas approached its coast in the country's south Guangdong province, officials here said today.

The tourists belonged to four camping groups visiting the uninhabited Nanpeng Island, some 35 kms east of Zhapo, Yangjiang city, according to the Ministry of Transport.


Due to typhoon Talas, this year's fourth typhoon, the tourists, unable to return home themselves, had to be transferred safely to a rescue ship and a rescue helicopter dispatched by the Guangzhou-headquartered Nanhai Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Transport.

China's national observatory today renewed a blue alert for typhoon Talas, which is expected to hit Hainan province and Beibu

The eye of Talas was above the South Sea some 60 km to the southwest of Sanya city, packing winds of up to 23 meters per second, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said in a statement.

The NMC forecast that Talas would move north-westward at a speed of about 20 km per hour towards Beibu and make landfall on the northeast coast of Vietnam tomorrow.

From this afternoon to tomorrow afternoon, parts of the South Sea, Beibu Gulf, Qiongzhou Strait, Hainan and coastal areas of Guangdong and Guangxi will experience strong winds, while storms with up to 140 mm of precipitation are expected to affect parts of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, July 16 2017. 18:07 IST
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