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Two killed, over 2.45 mln evacuated as super typhoon hits China

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Super Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into China's southern province on Sunday, killing two persons and forcing evacuation of over 2.45 million people in the country after battering Hong Kong and the

The typhoon made a landfall into the coast of Jiangmen city in province on Sunday evening packing winds up to 162 km per hour after leaving a trail of destruction in Hong Kong and killing at least 59 people in the

reported that two people were killed in province which is located close to Hong Kong where over 200 people were injured.

More than 2.45 million people have been relocated and over 48,000 fishing boats called back to port in the province on Sunday, state-run agency reported.

Work has been suspended at more than 29,000 construction sites and 632 tourist spots have been closed.

Earlier, more than 400 flights at two airports in China's southernmost island Province of were cancelled and all coastal resorts and schools were closed.

South regions including Guangdong, and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region were affected by strong gales and heavy downpours Sunday morning.

The provincial tourist department has ordered all scenic areas, schools and outdoor businesses to close on Sunday and Monday morning. Guangdong has taken similar precautions.

By Saturday, all fishing boats in coastal cities of Guangdong were called into harbour. Ferry services in the linking Guangdong and Hainan were suspended from Saturday morning.

The Guangdong civil affairs department has opened 3,777 emergency shelters to help people needing refuge in severe weather, and relocated 100,000 people from disaster-prone areas.

The Guangdong disaster relief headquarters has sent supervisors and mobilised staff to check safety risks at construction sites, on dykes and at industrial projects.

Guangdong has sent military forces to coastal cities, and prepared 1,000 lifeboats, and disaster relief goods for emergency rescue.

Provincial meteorological departments have sent out real-time monitoring information of the typhoon's movements via and weather alerts to cell phone user.

Flights via were all cancelled on Sunday until 8 am Monday. All long-distance services through the city were suspended from 6 pm Saturday.

On Sunday, nearly all in coastal cities in Guangdong were stopped and coastal highways were closed.

In Guangdong's provincial capital of Guangzhou, groceries in markets and supermarkets were nearly sold out on Sunday morning, as residents snapped up everything on the shelves to store at home.

The municipal commerce department has taken emergency measures to ensure stable prices, and added bulk purchases of grocery supplies to replenish the city's 256 large wholesale distributors.

In the port cities of and in Guangdong, shops were closed on Sunday, the Xinhua report said.

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

First Published: Sun, September 16 2018. 20:55 IST