Typhoon makes landfall in southern China


Sarika, the 21st typhoon of the year, landed in the town of Hele, with winds up to 100 miles per hour.

Fishing boats leave a shelter harbor after typhoon Sarika in Haikou, capital of south china's Hainan Province, Oct. 19, 2016.

The department has allocated relief materials such as tents and quilts, food and water to the typhoon-affected areas, he said.

Heading northwest at 10-15 kph, the tempest is anticipated to make landfall at Quang Ninh at 4 pm, with rough seas and high winds registering a 10 on the Beaufort scale expected in northeastern coastal areas, east of Lang Son Province, and north-central towns and cities.

Rail services were suspended on Monday and 250 flights were cancelled at the provincial capital Haikou's worldwide airport, state news agency Xinhua said.

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High speed train and shipping services were also halted starting Monday.

In Wanning's Dongxing Village, 31 cattle were found electrocuted yesterday after a high-voltage line above the animals' shed broke. The typhoon has cased the displacement of more than 500,000 people as they evacuated from the path of the storm.

Cai drew an analogy between Sarika and a typhoon that hit Hainan in 2005 which triggered flash floods, destroyed roads and plantations.

Classes have been suspended in kindergartens, middle and primary schools in eight counties across the province, as well as tourist sites and street shops being closed to the public. Residents and tourists have been warned against visiting the island's beaches.

Provincial authorities have also ordered safety checks of reservoirs, power and water supplies, while demanding the fishery and farming sectors take precautions. Almost 8,000 tourists from Guangxi's Weizhou Island were evacuated on Monday.