KOMPAS.com - China has raised its highest tropical cyclone alert as Typhoon Muifa approached the densely populated Yangtze River Delta.
All flights at Shanghai’s Pudong and Hongqiao airports were canceled, while the city of Hangzhou to the south-west of Shanghai will halt domestic flights from the evening.
Flights at Zhoushan and Ningbo airports in the coastal province of Zhejiang were also cancelled, while the ship bunkering hub shared by both cities temporarily suspended discharging and loading oil, and ordered tankers to stay at anchorages.
The Yangtze Delta in eastern China is the country’s most prosperous region, with Shanghai the nation’s financial and commercial capital and neighboring cities important centers of industry.
The Ningbo-Zhoushan port and port of Shanghai are among the busiest in the world by cargo tonnage handled.
Shanghai earlier issued an advisory warning that wind gusts and heavy rain were expected until Thursday, Sept. 15.
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The mega city of 25 million people took safety measures a step further by announcing plans to limit speeds for ground elevated trains or even close stations, and warned of train delays to ensure safety in affected areas while keeping other sections operating.
Muifa is expected to move north-west at a speed of 20 to 25 kph and expected to make landfall along coastal cities in Zhejiang province on Wednesday evening, Sept.14.
It will then pass through Hangzhou Bay to make a second landfall in Shanghai, according to forecasters.