Residents evacuated as Typhoon Maria approaches China

Taiwan spared as Typhoon Maria weakens

Eighty-six teams made up of around 1,500 workers from Fujian Expressway Group are on standby to fix any damage caused by the typhoon while local firefighters prepared for rescue missions, the report added.

Schools and offices were closed in parts of Taiwan Wednesday, July 11, as Typhoon Maria skirted the island bringing torrential rain and powerful winds.

"Among them, 1,330 were dispatched to facilitate relief in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, while another 831 were sent to Sichuan Province, " the armed police force announced on Thursday.

In Taiwan, two people were injured and more than 3,000 were moved to shelters.

In neighboring Zhejiang Province, more than 144,400 people in five cities had been evacuated as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, and about 20,800 fishing boats and 4,950 other boats had returned to port or safe waters.

Television images showed trees felled overnight and blocking some roads in the mountains north of capital Taipei.


The center said a total of 3,430 people had been evacuated from their homes in nine cities and counties by yesterday morning to avoid landslides triggered by heavy rainfall.

By 5pm, Maria had weakened to a tropical storm with winds of 18 metres per second. Seven cities and counties ordered work and school closures for the day.

The typhoon also caused the cancellation of 138 worldwide flights and 170 domestic flights.

Authorities said most of the canceled trains were scheduled to depart for Zhejiang Province's southern areas or Fujian.

Passengers who have bought tickets for the affected services can change their dates or apply for refunds, railway authorities said.

Hongqiao later introduced six extra trains to Wenzhou.

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