Typhoon Fitow touched down in Fuding, China on Monday after tearing through the eastern provinces of Fujian and Zhejiang and forcing more than 700,000 people to be evacuated. With winds of up to 93mph (151kmp/h), the typhoon caused the suspension of bullet trains and coach services in several cities in the area, and it cancelled flights to and from Wenzhou airport in Zhejiang. At least two people have been killed by the typhoon, state-run news agency Xinhua reported, one of whom was trying to rescue a fisherman when he was blown off a hill by strong winds on Sunday.
Authorities issued a red alert beforehand, which led to the evacuation of 177,000 people from Fujian province, and another 574,000 in Zhejiang. Some 35,000 boats in Zhejiang and 30,000 in Fujian were also ordered to return to shore and seek shelter. With parts of China receiving up to 200mm (8 inches) of rain, authorities even drafted the army to help strengthen flood defences over the weekend.
Even though China is used to dealing with tropical storms, Fitow being the 23rd this year, there is only so much that can be done to safeguard against such brutal conditions. Having affected over three million people in Zhejiang, the typhoon also racked up damages of over 2 billion yuan ($330m).
While the storm is expected to move north-west and weaken significantly, it comes just weeks after typhoon Usagi killed at least 25 people in southern Guangdong province giving the country little time to recover from the previous tragedy.
Via Huff Post