Typhoon Ampil makes landfall in Shanghai, more than 190,000 people evacuated

File photo showing a woman walking with an umbrella on a hazy day along the Huangpu River against the skyline of the Lujiazui Financial District in Shanghai, on May 29, 2018.
File photo showing a woman walking with an umbrella on a hazy day along the Huangpu River against the skyline of the Lujiazui Financial District in Shanghai, on May 29, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (XINHUA) - Ampil, the 10th typhoon this year, has made landfall on the island of Chongming in Shanghai at 12.30pm on Sunday (July 22), Sunday, packing winds of up to 28m per second near its eye, the municipal meteorological observatory said.

The island, 45km east of downtown Shanghai, is at the mouth of the Yangtze River.

The Shanghai municipal flood control headquarters said it had relocated a total of 190,000 people from coastal areas by early Sunday morning.

Shanghai Disney Resort said it operates normally, but will suspend some outdoor attractions and performances during periods of heavy rain or high winds. Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China, has suspended rooftop sightseeing.

In neighbouring provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu, more than 42,500 people were also relocated. More than 28,000 ships including 22,900 fishing boats have returned to port in Zhejiang.

Boat owners, evacuees and operators of tourist attractions in the coastal areas and on islands have been required to keep a close eye on latest weather information and potential floods or landslides triggered by torrential rains.

Ampil has brought downpours and gales to Shanghai and neighbouring regions, triggering both typhoon and rainstorm alerts.

(This story is developing.)