200,000 Chinese evacuated from typhoon

 
200,000 Chinese evacuated from typhoon
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Close to 200,000 people have been evacuated southwest of Hong Kong because of the typhoon Mujigae, which has swept across the Philippines on its way to the Chinese mainland.

At the Philippines, nearly 200 fishermen were reported missing, but when the strong wind and the huge waves eased throughout the day on Sunday, most of them made it safely to land.

A new count Sunday afternoon showed that one fisherman are confirmed dead in the storm and 30 are still missing.

The typhoon Mujigae continued on Sunday its journey over the waters from the Philippines towards the Chinese mainland, where the authorities have evacuated nearly 200,000 people in and around the city of Zhanjiang in the Guangdong Province.

More than 60,000 fishing boats sought shelter in harbors along the coast around the Hainan island southwest of Hong Kong, and over 40,000 fishermen have been housed there.

The island is popular to Chinese tourists.

The typhoon moved towards land at a speed of around 200 km/h.

Chinese authorities estimate that the typhoon will bring 280 millimeters of rain, and have therefore implemented the highest emergency preparedness on the scale.

The typhoon is expected to weaken as it goes further into the mainland.

Mujigae is the 22nd typhoon registered so far this year and hit the northern part of the Philippines on Saturday. The name Mujigae means rainbow in Korean.

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