Typhoon Bailu makes landfall in east China


Dark clouds are seen in the sky over the coastal areas in Zhangzhou City, southeast China's Fujian Province, Aug. 24, 2019. (Photo: Xinhua)

Typhoon Bailu made landfall in east China's Fujian Province Sunday, local authorities said.

With a maximum wind force of 90 km/h, Bailu, the 11th typhoon this year, made landfall in Dongshan County at 7:25 a.m.

Earlier, as Typhoon Bailu nears, ships were recalled and residents were evacuated. 

Fujian province said Saturday that 9,926 fishing vessels had been recalled to harbor as it girds for the coming Typhoon Bailu.

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, the 11th this year, 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.

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