Nearly 330,000 evacuated as Shanghai braces for typhoon

Staff members carry pot plants indoor at a primary school in Huangpu District, east China's Shanghai, Sept. 13, 2021. (Xinhua/Liu Ying)

SHANGHAI, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) — Nearly 330,000 people in Shanghai have been evacuated as the city braced for heavy rains and strong winds brought by Typhoon Chanthu, the 14th typhoon of the year.

Chanthu was forecast to linger over sea waters between 100 km and 200 km east of Shanghai from Monday night to Wednesday before weakening and moving northeastward away from the city on Thursday, said the Shanghai meteorological center.

Parts of Shanghai are forecast to receive precipitation of up to 250 mm from Monday night to Wednesday.

Local authorities also have canceled 150 long-distance buses, suspended some shipping and rail transit services, and closed 112 tourist attractions to brace for the typhoon.

The provincial meteorological center of east China’s Jiangsu Province issued a yellow alert — the third-highest alert — for Typhoon Chanthu Monday afternoon.

The education authorities in the city of Nantong, Jiangsu Province, have ordered the suspension of classes at kindergartens and primary and high schools on Tuesday.  ■