China Evacuated 49 Tourists Trapped On Island By Typhoon


BEIJING: At Least Forty-nine tourists were trapped on an island off the coast of Guangdong province by the authorities as Typhoon Talas reached closer to China on Sunday. Later, all the victims were taken to safety areas.

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As per the Ministry of Transport, the sightseers belonged to four camping groups that had been stuck on Nanpeng island some 35 km (22 miles) east of Yangjiang city on China.

The authorities shifted all the travelers on Sunday morning to the safe areas through a ship and a helicopter send off by the Guangzhou-headquartered Nanhai Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Transport.

On Sunday, China’s national observatory changed a blue alert for Typhoon Talas, which is probable to strike the southern island province of Hainan and Beibu Gulf.

As per the National Meteorological Center (NMC), At 0200 GMT Sunday, the eye of Talas was over the South China Sea about 60 km toward the southwest of Sanya city in Hainan, squeezing winds of up to 23 meters for consistently.

The NMC gauge that Talas would move northwestward at a speed of around 20 km for every hour towards Beibu Gulf and make landfall on the upper east bank of Vietnam on Monday morning.

From Sunday evening to Monday evening, parts of the South China Sea, Beibu Gulf, Qiongzhou Strait, Hainan and waterfront territories of Guangdong and Guangxi will encounter solid winds.

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Tempests with up to 140 mm of precipitation are relied upon to influence parts of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan.