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36,000+ Evacuated in China as Typhoon Haikui Hits

Over 36,000 residents in Fuzhou, the capital of China’s Fujian Province, were evacuated due to Typhoon Haikui’s heavy rainstorms, according to authorities on Wednesday.

As of 7 a.m. on Wednesday, the torrential rains caused damage to 147 townships in the city, amounting to over 552 million yuan (approximately 76.7 million U.S. dollars), as reported by the city’s flood control and drought control headquarters.

Starting from 9 p.m. on Tuesday, multiple areas in the city experienced heavy rainstorms, with precipitation breaking three-hour and six-hour maximum rainfall records of the Wushan national weather station between 9 p.m. on Tuesday and 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, primary schools, middle schools, kindergartens, and extracurricular training institutions remained closed, and urban buses, subways, trains, and airport shuttle buses temporarily halted operations. Resorts and parks were also temporarily closed.

Fujian Province elevated its emergency response for heavy rains to Level II at 11 p.m. on Tuesday.

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