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Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 17:56
Typhoon Maria makes landfall in east China's Fujian
By Xinhua
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 17:56 By Xinhua

A rescuer repairs power facilities damaged by typhoon Maria in a residential area in Lianjiang, a fishing county in Fujian province, July 11, 2018. (JIANG KEHONG / XINHUA)

FUZHOU — Typhoon Maria, the eighth this year, made landfall at around 9:10 am Wednesday in Lianjiang county, east China's Fujian province, bringing gales of up to 42 meters per second at its eye, according to local meteorological authorities. 

More than 6,800 people are on standby for rescue missions or to repair damage caused by the typhoon

Strong gales uprooted many trees, broke fish rafts and caused hazards on roads in Lianjiang, a fishing county. 

Chen Zuliang, a member of the county's flood control office, said that more than 8,000 residents had been evacuated. 

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The county is closely monitoring conditions on roads, ports and water facilities. More than 6,800 people are on standby for rescue missions or to repair damage caused by the typhoon. 

Fujian ordered all fishing boats to return to harbor by Tuesday noon and workers at offshore fish farms were required to return to land by 6 pm.

Under the impact of typhoon Maria, huge waves hit Jinsha Beach in Wenling city, east China's Zhejing province, July 11, 2018. (JIANG KEHONG / XINHUA)

In Fuzhou, the provincial capital, schools and factories in coastal areas were asked to close Wednesday. Ongoing projects involving highways and ports were suspended. 

The ferry service between the coastal city of Xiamen in Fujian, and Kinmen in Taiwan, was halted Wednesday. Local maritime affairs authorities said that more than 850 ships had returned to Xiamen port. 

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Rescuers persuade fishermen to evacuate from Houwan wharf in Lianjiang county, east China's Fujian province, July 11, 2018. (JIANG KEHONG / XINHUA)

The gales and rain have also disrupted trains. More than 200 trains to or from Fujian have been stopped.

The typhoon brought heavy rain to Zhejiang, a province neighboring Fujian, and forced the cancellation of 206 flights.

By Wednesday noon, 390,000 people in Zhejiang, including 270,000 in Wenzhou, had been evacuated and about 25,000 boats had returned to port or safe sea areas.  

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