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July 27, 2021 at 4:54 AM

 

On July 25, a powerful typhoon struck the coast of China. The city of Shanghai and Zhejiang province were most affected.Activities at the world's busiest port, the Port of Shanghai, have been halted, and large containers have been removed from ships.According to Capt. Zarir Irani, the principal marine warranty surveyor for Constellation Marine Service, it will be at least a week or more before port operations resume normalcy.

 

As Typhoon In-Fa battered eastern China with fierce gusts and heavy rains, two international airports in Shanghai have canceled all flights and officials have banned outdoor activities.

In-Fa landed in the Putuo district of the city of Zhoushan, a major port in the eastern province of Zhejiang, at 12:30pm (04:30 GMT) on Sunday,25th of July, state broadcaster CCTV said, citing the China Meteorological Administration  of more than 1 million people. “We will make every effort to ensure the safety of people’s lives and property, and do everything to minimise disaster losses, and strive to achieve the goal of no deaths and few injuries and economic losses,” said Yuan Jiajun, Zhejiang province Communist Party secretary, during an inspection of preparations on Saturday, official media reported.

 

The metropolis of Shanghai and the province of Zhejiang were the hardest hit. More than 300,000 people have been evacuated by Shanghai authorities. Metro lines and high-speed trains were halted, electricity was cut off in some areas, and the Bund's embankment was blocked. 

 

Local authorities have ordered that people stay at home and not go outside or to the banks of a river or sea. The following day, all flights were canceled at Shanghai and Hangzhou airports. The country's meteorological service predicts that the typhoon will remain in eastern China for an extended period of time, bringing strong winds and rain to many cities. 

 

Natural disasters have become more common in 2021. Many countries around the world are showing signs of global warming and climate change. It is unknown how the year 2021 will end.

 

VALERIE NYANYO

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