Beijing: Tens of thousands of people were evacuated and 500 tourists shifted on Sunday as typhoon Mujigae, the 22nd typhoon of the year, hit China’s western Guangdong Province with heavy rain and winds toppling vehicles.
The typhoon, bringing downpour, made the land fall in the coastal city of Zhanjiang this afternoon, packing winds of up to 50 meters per second, officials said.
It is forecast to move northwest at a speed of about 20 km per hour and arrive in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in evening. Storms are predicted to last until tomorrow in west Guangdong and the Pearl River delta.Close to 200,000 people in southern China were evacuated before Typhoon Mujigae roared into Guangdong province, officials said.
Authorities began evacuating tourists from the island on Saturday but the operation was interrupted by strong winds. The remaining tourists were taken to hotels for free accommodation.More than 130 emergency workers and 12 police officers are caring for the tourists.