Published on Monday, October 7, 2013

Extreme weather conditions disrupt flights across China

Extreme weather conditions — both natural and man-made — have affected flights in China.

More than 400,000 residents and tourists in southeast China were evacuated yesterday afternoon as high waves pounded the coast ahead of Typhoon Fitow, state news agency Xinhua reported.

Japan Airlines, All Nippon Airways and its low-cost carrier Peach Aviation said flights to and from Naha had been cancelled.

Hong Kong's Dragonair also said its Okinawa flights had been cancelled.

At least 25 international flights were cancelled, while 20 ferry services were suspended.

China's National Meteorological Center predicted the "strong" typhoon would hit between Zhejiang and Fujian provinces in southeast China early Monday morning local time.

Other areas suffered flight cancellations due to smog caused by high pollution.

Visibility was less than 100 metres in some areas of eastern China, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

More than 100 flights were cancelled in the eastern city of Zhengzhou, 33 in Beijing, 20 in Qingdao and 13 in Jinan, reports USA Today.

High-speed "Harmony" series bullet trains were also suspended yesterday in several cities and six expressways linking Beijing to Shanghai, Tianjin and Harbin were shut.

In Japan, Typhoon Fitow caused blackouts of 6,800 homes in Miyakojima city, public broadcaster NHK reported.

It also forced delays and cancellations of some flights to and from Okinawa, All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co. said on their websites today.

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