Shanghaiist avoided the internet over the weekend, thus we had no clue that another typhoon was headed our way. Typhoon Khanun, named after a Thai fruit, arrived Sunday night and made Shanghaiist have bad dreams. Heavy rains and winds canceled hundreds of flights, forced the evacuation of more than 100,000 Shanghai residents and closed schools today. While at least seven died in coastal Zhejiang province, the Shanghai Daily reports one injury locally: a lighting fixture landed on a man’s head in Zhabei District. Although things seem to have died down a bit, Reuters said Shanghai “barred companies from penalising workers who arrived late due to the weather.” So, hopefully you took advantage of that.
And, while your local weather man will try to convince you that Khanun was caused by a “low pressure system” or something crazy like that, we at Shanghaiist are fairly certain that it was God’s punishment for abortion, or homosexuality, or local support of the Israeli pullout from Gaza … or something.
UPDATE: The reason we can tell you how many people died in the typhoon is simple — such information is no longer a state secret. From the succinct Xinhua:
The death toll in natural disasters was no longer regarded as state secret starting from August this year, a government spokesman said here Monday.