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Residents set for typhoon fury

RESIDENTS in Guangdong and Fujian provinces were taking measures to prepare for the impact of typhoon Molave as it approached southeast China last night.

Molave was likely to make landfall between Huilai and Taishan in east and central parts of Guangdong either last night or this morning, said the provincial weather bureau.

More than 600 fishing boats moved into the Xiangzhi National Fish Harbor in Fujian Province, where soldiers were helping anchor boats. They also persuaded some 3,000 fishermen to evacuate.

Two fishermen were missing as huge waves capsized their boat off China's east coast yesterday afternoon.

Border police in Wenzhou, Zhejiang Province, received a report at around 11am saying all three fishermen had fallen into sea waters near Wenzhou after their boat capsized in high waves.

Police saved one fisherman around midday who was floating by holding onto a plank.Rescue efforts continued to find the other two.

In the cities of Zhangzhou, Quanzhou, Putian and Fuzhou in Fujian Province which the typhoon was likely to affect, 1,680 people in vessels returned to seek shelter on land.

Some 3.89 million mobile phone messages were sent in the province by 5pm yesterday, warning people to be alert for the typhoon.

Molave, the sixth tropical storm this year which became a typhoon yesterday morning, was located some 290 kilometers away from Shenzhen in Guangdong Province, according to the Fujian provincial weather bureau.

It unleashed gale and torrential rain in Fujian at 5:15pm.

Two flights from Quanzhou in Fujian to Kinmen in Taiwan were cancelled. It was not known when they would be rescheduled.

In Guangdong Province, more than 20 million mobile phone messages were sent out by 2pm. The provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters issued warnings to order ships to return to harbor and people in dangerous areas to evacuate.

China's Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) said last night that areas expected to be affected by typhoon Molave should take precautionary measures, as the typhoon would adversely affect the farming sector.

The ministry urged local agricultural agencies to help fishermen and fishing boats to evacuate to safe places.

The MOA said it had sent expert work groups to provinces that might be affected by typhoon Molave and planned to arrange special fund to help these areas withstand the typhoon's impact.

Earlier yesterday, Molave, headed away from the Philippines, leaving at least five dead.


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