Typhoon Nepartak has slammed into China’s eastern coast, with high winds and heavy rain causing hundreds of thousands to evacuate and airlines to cancel numerous flights.
The storm made landfall at around 2 p.m. earlier today, with coastal cities lashed by winds of up to 100 kph. At least 420,000 people in four cities including the capital Fuzhou have been urgently relocated.
The photos below show the devastation caused by Nepartak as it swept through Taiwan.
37,521 people were forced to evacuate the coastal city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province after severe winds and flooding devastated the area, reports Shanghai Daily. 72 people have been injured thus far and 2 fatalities have been recorded.
Local authorities in Shanghai have warned citizens on the possible flooding and power cuts the impending typhoon may bring. According to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, the city will be hit by downpours and gale-force winds over the weekend.
The districts of Songjiang, Jinshan, Qingpu and Jiading should prepare for flooding, as some residents in coastal areas are even being evacuated.
By Robin Winship
[Images via Shanghai Daily // Reuters]