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Southern China on high alert due to Typhoon Koinu

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Beijing, Oct 9 (Prensa Latina) Mainland China remains on alert on Monday in view of the approach of Typhoon Koinu, which should cause heavy windstorms in the south of the country.

The island province of Hainan ordered the suspension of all ferry services as heavy rainfall is expected to hit the region soon, the local Meteorological Service reported.

The Hainan Maritime Safety Administration initiated a typhoon emergency response and urged more than 1,820 ships in its jurisdiction to return to ports for shelter.

Local railway authorities also suspended passengers’ train services until Wednesday.

Typhoon Koinu injured at least 190 people after making landfall this week in the southern tip of Taiwan, in southern China, where it caused strong windstorms.

According to specialists, the typhoon brought intense winds with gusts of up to 343 kilometers per hour (km/h), while the maximum sustained winds reached 162 km/h.

China has recently been hit by a series of disasters linked to extreme weather phenomena, such as the heavy rainfall associated with typhoons Haikui, Talim, Doksuri and Khanun.

In fact, in July, rains caused millions in economic losses with thousands of hectares of destroyed crops, collapsed infrastructures and some 100 deaths.

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