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Partial shipping services partly resume in Qiongzhou Strait

MARITIME authority in south China's Hainan Province ordered today a partial resumption of shipping services in Qiongzhou Strait as Typhoon Kestana faded.

Haikou Maritime Affairs Bureau decided that ships that are capable of resisting strong winds including fresh gale could set sail again beginning 8am today in the Qiongzhou Strait which separates Hainan island and the mainland of China.

Train ferry services in the strait, a prime way for tourists to access Hainan, were resumed thereafter as the ships used to operate such services are all capable combating fresh gale, according to the bureau.

Weather service in south China's Guangdong Province monitored yesterday morning that Typhoon Kestana, which caused severe fatalities in the Philippines, was only 260 km away from Sanya City of Hainan, and had strong winds up to 126 km per hour at its eye.

The weather service said that Kestana was moving westward at a speed of 15 km per hour, and was poised for a landfall in Vietnam yesterday evening. The typhoon shaved Hainan yesterday before heading westward to Vietnam.

Due to the typhoon's effect, Guangdong and Hainan had received heavy downpour and strong gale since Monday. More than 100,000 people were relocated in Hainan, a provincial emergency office official said yesterday.

Ferry and passenger liner services in Qiongzhou Strait were forced to be suspended starting 3:30pm Monday because of typhoon Kestana.


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