Typhoon Prapiroon slams into S. China province, packing rainstorm
Under strong wind and heavy rain brought by typhoon Prapiroon, which
slammed into south China's Guangdong Province last evening, more than 100
fishermen of neighboring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region have been stranded by
rough seas for more than a dozen hours.
According to the Guangxi Zhuang
Autonomous Regional Headquarters for Flood Control and Drought Relief, by dusk
of Thursday, there were more than 40 fishing vessels carrying over 100 people
stranded on rough seas several hundred to several thousand meters from the
harbor of Beihai city as the berths were fully occupied.
affairs department, navy and armed police failed to rescue the stranded
fishermen out of the rough seas on Thursday evening due to the fact that big
ships could not go out to sea when it ebb-tided and speed boats could not
operate on sea because of strong winds, according to the headquarters.
Kahua, a member of the Standing Committee of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous
Regional Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), has called for efforts
to strictly check the number of fishing vessels and people stranded on the sea
and contact them every hour.
Wen, who is also secretary of the Beihai City
Committee of the CPC, urged officials and rescuers of the Beihai City Maritime
Salvage Station to carry out rescue operations at any moment.
will be tried to guarantee the safety of the lives of the stranded fishermen,
Typhoon Prapiroon made landfall at the coastal area between Yangxi
County and Dianbai County in western Guangdong at 7:20 p.m. Thursday. With a
speed of 33 meters per second, the wind power reached 12 degrees on the Beaufort
Scale near its eye.
The typhoon will move toward inland area of Guangdong
within 12 hours at a speed of 15 to 20 kilometers per hour.
It will enter
Guangxi, just west of Guangdong, on Friday, local meteorological station
Influenced by typhoon Prapiroon, it was raining heavily in Beihai
city. The typhoon also brought wind measuring seven degrees on the Beaufort
Scale to the city.
Local aquiculture authorities warned that if the wind
grows into eight degrees, it will be more dangerous to those stranded on the
Before Prapiroon's landing, 406,343 people had been moved to safety in
the provinces of Hainan and Guangdong and the Guangxi region.
62,023 vessels from Guangdong, Hainan and Guangxi had returned to
Flood-control authorities in the provinces and region called for
closer watch on the typhoon and asked related departments to take emergency
steps to prevent possible disasters triggered by Prapiroon, including landslide,
mud-and-rock flow, house collapse and flooding.
Local meteorological stations
forecast that typhoon will bring strong wind and heavy rain to Guangdong,
Guangxi and Hainan until Saturday.
In Guangdong, efforts to rescue 12 sailors
stranded on the sea are continuing by press time.
Influenced by strong wind
and heavy rain brought by typhoon Prapiroon, which struck Hong Kong on Thursday,
3,000 passengers were stranded at the airport while over 800 flights were
affected, according to the Hong Kong Airport Authority.
Prapiroon also led to
suspension of ferry services from Hong Kong to Macau and train services between
Hong Kong and China's mainland.
Classes were suspended in Macau's
kindergartens, primary and middle schools and out-door operations were called
off due to strong wind and heavy rain brought by Prapiroon.
The Ministry of
Civil Affairs issued an emergency notice on Thursday calling on concerned
departments of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan to observe closely the movement and
influence of Prapiroon and disasters and losses caused by the
Emergency efforts should be made to relocate people to safe place
and to cut the losses brought by Prapiroon to the minimum, according to the
The notice also urged concerned departments to get fully-prepared to
guarantee timely delivery of relief fund and materials to all affected people.