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The province’s flood control and drought relief headquarters said 14,012 people had been evacuated from aquatic farms.

Authorities also closed 149 seaside scenic spots and 1,318 construction sites out of safety concerns.

The typhoon also halted ferry services between Xiamen and Kinmen in Taiwan, and between Pingtan and Taiwan’s Taichung. A total of 124 flights have been canceled at Xiamen airport.

South China’s Guangdong Province launched a level-IV emergency response, the lowest level, for strong winds. The provincial agriculture and rural affairs department issued a notice requesting fishing vessels in related waters to return to harbor for shelter.

The Guangdong Power Grid Corporation has deployed more than 300 power generation vehicles and over 400 sets of satellite communication equipment for emergency repair.

China’s national observatory issued a yellow alert Saturday for Typhoon Bailu, which is expected to bring gales and torrential rains to south China.

The National Meteorological Center said in a statement that the typhoon, the 11th this year, would be expected to make landfall or pass by the southeast of Taiwan at around noon on Saturday.

YEE

(Edited by Emmanuel Yashim)

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