Typhoon Molave lands in south China

Other News Materials 19 July 2009 01:58 (UTC +04:00)

Typhoon Molave hit land in south China early Sunday, with heavy rain forecast in most parts of the Guangdong Province in the following two days, local observatory said, Xinhua reported.

Molave, the 6th tropical storm this year which became typhoon, landed at Nanao town in Shenzhen City of Guangdong Province at 0:50 a.m. Sunday Beijing Time, with winds up to 145 km per hour in its eye.

Strong gales and heavy rains hit Shenzhen City, resulting in water flowing on streets. However, as residents and vehicles were scare during the night, the weather had no major impact on local people's living yet.

As of 2:30 a.m. Sunday, the city hadn't reported any serious damages.

In the neighboring Fujian Province, more than 600 fishing boats were in the Xiangzhi National Fish Harbor of Fujian province, where soldiers were helping anchor the boats. They also persuaded some 3,000 fishermen to evacuate.

In the cities of Zhangzhou, Quanzhou, Putian and Fuzhou where the typhoon was likely to affect, 1,680 people in vessels returned to seek shelters on land.

The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters has dispatched five emergency task forces Saturday to Sichuan, Heilongjiang, Gansu, Guangdong and Fujian provinces to help prepare for the typhoon and possible flooding.