3 August 2023: What damage has Typhoon Doksuri caused in China? How is China battling with it ? Read to know more.
Typhoon Doksuri brought devastating landslides to the Philippines before making landfall in China.
Through social media announcements and text messaging, China has improved its typhoon protection. More than 400,000 people had been relocated to safety in Fujian, hundreds of ships had docked, and transportation had been halted. Additionally, businesses and summer school were shut down, and the general public was advised to stay inside. A sports stadium's roof was partially torn off in the city of Quanzhou, although no injuries were immediately reported.
Around 10:00 am , as the storm approached the shore of Fujian province, wind speeds of up to 175 kilometers per hour (110 miles per hour) were reported.
The national weather agency issued the strongest "red alert"due to concerns over potential residential danger and property destruction.
“Doksuri’s intensity continues to weaken, but the impact is far from over,” the China Meteorological Administration said.
One of the most powerful storms to hit China in recent memory, Doksuri, weakened as it moved from the sea to land, but officials issued a warning that there was still a potential of more flooding and other geological disasters.
Rivers have overflowed to dangerously high levels, forcing Beijing to use a flood storage reservoir for the first time since it was constructed 25 years ago.
More than 100 mountain routes had been closed in Beijing.
The isolated settlements in hilly regions has been getting food, water, and emergency supplies from Beijing's Fangshan district by helicopters.
The world's largest food delivery service Meituan has increased workers and extended delivery times as orders for vegetables, meat, and eggs surged by 50% and overall app purchases by 20%.
Amidst torrential rainfall Chinese President Xi Jinping urged "every effort" to rescue people who were "lost or trapped."
The tracker software Flight Master revealed that at Beijing's two airports, around 400 flights were canceled and hundreds were delayed.
The city authorities reported that the recent rainfall had surpassed records set by a catastrophic storm 11 years ago. Beijing saw the largest storm since July 2012, with the city getting 190.3mm of rain in one day, having an impact on more than 1.6 million people.