Typhoon Dujuan makes landfall in China

Beijing, Sep 29 (IANS) Typhoon Dujuan, the 21st typhoon of this year, made landfall in east China’s Fujian province on Tuesday.

The storm hit the coastal city of Putian around 8.50 a.m. (local time), packing winds of up to 33 metres per second, Xinhua quoted the Fujian Meteorological Service.

It moved at a weakening speed of 20 km per hour. It is forecast to reach Jiangxi province on Tuesday night, according to the National Meteorological Centre.

Fujian province authorities issued a level one emergency response for Dujuan early Tuesday morning.

On Monday, all 32,090 fishing boats offshore in the province returned to harbour and around 160,000 people returned to shore, according to the provincial flood control office.

Between 8.00 a.m. on Monday and 7.00 a.m. on Tuesday, heavy rain swept Fujian with maximum precipitation of 162 mm in Minhou county, the office said.

The typhoon has also brought gales, torrential rain and high waves to neighbouring Zhejiang province.

Scenic spots in seven districts and counties of Wenzhou city have been temporarily closed.

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