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Flights delayed, rail ticket sales halted as typhoon approaches

TYPHOONS approaching China's coastal areas left more than 20 flights delayed at Shanghai's Pudong International Airport this morning.

Most of the affected flights are bounded for Taiwan, Hong Kong and neighboring countries like Japan and South Korea, airport authority said.

Some airlines continued to cancel today's flights to Taiwan, where the Typhoon Saola has swept through with heavy storms and strong gales.

It estimates that the planes heading to Singapore this afternoon will also be affected.

More than 70 flights were delayed yesterday at the Pudong. Three flights to Taiwan were canceled.

The Shanghai Railway Bureau will stop selling tomorrow and Saturday's train tickets to costal areas in southeast China as two storms, Saola and Damrey, are expected to arrive.

Sale of tickets of trains passing, departing from and heading to the costal areas in southeast China will be temporarily stopped. The railway bureau will notify the public once the tickets are available again.

Meanwhile, flights to Taiwan will be canceled or delayed due to the approach of the two storms, which will arrive in China almost at the same time.

Typhoon Saola is expected to sweep north of Taiwan today and land in north Fujian Province or in the middle of Zhejiang Province tomorrow. Damrey, which is moving very fast, is estimated to land early this afternoon.


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