China evacuates 220,000 ahead of typhoon

Typhoon Ampil approaches Shaoxing city. Source: AAP

Typhoon Ampil is bearing down on China.

More than 220,000 people have been evacuated from flood-prone coastal areas in eastern China ahead of the expected arrival of Typhoon Ampil.

In Shanghai and its metropolitan area, almost 193,000 inhabitants from the areas considered most at risk were evacuated on Sunday morning to shelters and even construction sites, state-owned news agency Xinhua reported.

Rains in Shaoxing city.
Rains in Shaoxing city.

Another 38,000 were evacuated in neighbouring Zhejiang province while close to 23,000 fishing boats returned to ports throughout the region.

The National Meteorological Center has issued a yellow alert for the typhoon, the 10th this season, whose winds could reach up to 110 km/h.

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