Typhoon rains displace 73,000 in Guangdong

A man talks on his mobile phone in front of a car stranded on a flooded road in Guangzhou.
A man talks on his mobile phone in front of a car stranded on a flooded road in Guangzhou.PHOTO: REUTERS

GUANGZHOU (XINHUA) - Typhoon Ewiniar has brought torrential downpours to south China's Guangdong Province, the local meteorological department said on Friday (June 8).

As of 4pm, nearly 73,000 residents had been moved to safe places, according to the local civil affairs department.

The storms also led to flight delays at Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong. Seventy-three outbound flights and 71 inbound flights had been cancelled as of 5.30pm.

In a high school in Zhaoqing City, fire fighters and armed police transported students and teachers to attend the gaokao, the national college entrance exam, because of flooding.

In the city of Yunfu, houses collapsed and landslides killed five residents.

More than 3,000 emergency shelters have been opened and over 8,000 residents have been resettled.

A total of 290,000 yuan (S$60,407.64) in disaster relief funds was allocated by the authorities, and tents, folding beds, towels, bottled water and food were distributed.

Ewiniar, which formed in the northwestern Pacific, made landfall in Hainan and Guangdong on Wednesday, bringing heavy rain and strong winds to many areas in southern China.