The eastern coast of China has been hit by a major typhoon, Typhoon In-fa – also known as Typhoon Yanhua in China.
The storm made landfall in the city of Zhoushan, located in China's Zhejiang province, shortly after midday on Sunday. Japan’s Meteorological Agency has forecast that it will track west towards the city of Hangzhou.
The risk of flooding rainfall, destructive storm surge and damaging wind gusts will likely last until midweek as the storm slows to a crawl. Due to the storm’s slow-moving nature, rainfalls from In-fa could become extreme across the provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu.
The anticipated rainfall could also cause port operations in Shanghai and Ningbo to grind to a halt, which would mean the ripple effects will be felt globally. On Friday, Lloyd’s List reported that container pickups and deliveries were suspended at both ports in preparation for In-fa’s arrival. It is also reported that vessels were removed from ports for safety reasons.
All flights are grounded from Shanghai and the rest of the region.
Train services were also suspended and residents were warned to remain indoors. Government officials closed Zhoushan Bridge to islands near Ningbo and ordered schools, markets and businesses in Zhejiang province to remain shut.
A significant number of people have been moved to shelters, however no deaths or injuries have been reported as of yet. Losses to agriculture are expected to be heavy.
Following devastating flooding last week, rescue efforts continue in central China.
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