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Typhoon Kalmaegi lands in South China's Hainan province

Updated: 2014-09-16 10:10 (Xinhua/chinadaily.com.cn)

Typhoon Kalmaegi lands in South China's Hainan province

A sanitary worker wades through water on the street in Haikou, Hainan province after typhoon Kalmaegi landed in Wenchang city of the island province at 9:40 am on Tuesday. [Photo/Xinhua]

Typhoon Kalmaegi landed in China's southernmost island province Hainan on Tuesday morning, forcing flight cancellations and boat evacuations.

The hurricane made landfall in Wengtian Township, Wenchang City at a speed of 40 meters per second at 9:40 a.m. It is the fifteenth typhoon to hit China this year.

The provincial capital's Haikou Meilan International Airport canceled 104 flights on Tuesday. The Sanya Phoenix International Airport in the resort city of Sanya canceled 69 flights as of 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

In Lingao County, more than 4,300 fishing boats have been called back to shore and 19,924 people have been evacuated, according to the county government.

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