Storm evacuation along China coast

Authorities move 500,000 from eastern seaboard as Tropical Storm Jangmi approaches.

    Storms have battered China's coastal areas since last week [GALLO/GETTY]

    Jangmi, a typhoon before it was downgraded to a tropical storm on Monday, is not forecast to make landfall but is expected to bring strong winds and heavy rains.

    Elsewhere in the country, heavy flooding brought by Typhoon Hagupit has left 17 people dead and six others missing in China's southern Guangxi autonomous region, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.

    Storms which have been pounding the southern Chinese coast since last week affected 6.5 million people and forced 678,000 to flee their homes, officials were quoted as saying.

    Xinhua said losses so far had been estimated at around $529m.

    The agency said heavy rains and strong winds in the two provinces and Shanghai will persist until Tuesday.

    Typhoons regularly hit China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Japan from August until the end of the year, gathering strength from the warm waters of the Pacific and the South China Sea before weakening as they blow over land.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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