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Flights reestablished as Typhoon Chanthu lingers off Shanghai

Transport links have largely been reestablished in China’s Shanghai Mall as Typhoon Chanthu stayed off the coast

BEIJING – Transport links in China’s Shanghai shopping center were largely restored on Tuesday as a typhoon remained offshore.

Typhoon Chanthu brought strong winds and rain to the country’s largest city and surrounding area, but not to the level it would have had it made landfall.

The storm weakened and lingered about 225 kilometers (140 miles) east of Shanghai on Tuesday, with maximum sustained winds of 126 kilometers per hour (78 miles per hour), the Meteorological Association of China.

It was due to start moving northeast towards South Korea and Japan on Thursday.

On Monday, Shanghai suspended flights, trains and subway services, and closed schools and offices in anticipation of the storm’s arrival. About 100,000 people were evacuated from vulnerable areas, according to state media.

Chanthu inundated Taiwan with up to 13 centimeters (5 inches) of rain on Sunday as the center of the storm passed the east coast of the island, before heading north towards Shanghai.

The storm ravaged the island of Luzon in the Philippines last week, but no flooding or damage was reported.

Typhoon In-fa made landfall south of Shanghai at the end of July, disrupting flight schedules and causing the evacuation of around 330,000 residents of Fengxian District, on the southern outskirts of the city.

Torrential rains and flooding in July killed at least 292 people in Zhengzhou, a large city in central Henan Province, some of whom were trapped in the city’s metro tunnels.


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