435,000 evacuated as Kaemi nears SE China
Updated: 2006-07-25 13:40 By 10 a.m. Tuesday, southeast China's Fujian
Province had evacuated more than 435,000 people to safe places before Typhoon
Rain clouds gather
over Haimen Port before the coming of typhoon Kaemi in Taizhou city, East
China's Zhejiang Province, July 25,2006.
More than 44,000 shipping vessels had been called back to harbor as of 9 a.m.
Tuesday, according to the provincial fishery department.
Kaemi, the fifth typhoon of the year, was predicted to land on Fujian between
Xiamen and Fuqing at noon or at dusk Tuesday after raking Taiwan with heavy
rains and strong winds.
As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, the eye of Kaemi, was located at 135 km southeast of
Xiamen and was moving northwestward at around 20 km per hour, according to the
Heavy rain and winds with a speed of 117 km per hour are sweeping across the
coastal province and the provincial flood control and drought relief office has
sent a dozen of task forces to mountainous counties to organize anti-typhoon
Three thousand armed police have been stationed in Fujian, ready to launch
rescue and relief operations when the typhoon comes.
Kaemi was estimated to linger in Fujian for about 24 hours before it enters
the neighboring province of Jiangxi on Wednesday afternoon or night, said a
China had been frequently stricken by typhoons since June this year, causing
heavy casualties and huge economic losses. The bypast Typhoon Bilis alone has so
far claimed more than 600 lives in Fujian, Jiangxi, Hunan and Guangdong
provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.