China rescues 49 tourists stranded on island by typhoon

BEIJING (Reuters) - Forty-nine tourists stranded on an island off the coast of China's southern Guangdong province have been picked up and taken to safety as Typhoon Talas approaches, authorities said on Sunday.

The tourists belonged to four camping groups that had been stranded on Nanpeng island some 35 km (22 miles) east of Yangjiang city on the mainland, the Ministry of Transport said in a statement. The island is normally uninhabited.

On Sunday morning, all of the tourists were transferred safely to a ship and a helicopter dispatched by the Guangzhou-headquartered Nanhai Rescue Bureau of the Ministry of Transport.

China's national observatory on Sunday morning renewed a blue alert for Typhoon Talas, which is expected to hit the southern island province of Hainan and Beibu Gulf.

At 0200 GMT Sunday, the eye of Talas was above the South China Sea some 60 km to the southwest of Sanya city in Hainan, packing winds of up to 23 meters per second, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said.

The NMC forecast that Talas would move northwestward at a speed of about 20 km per hour toward Beibu Gulf and make landfall on the northeast coast of Vietnam on Monday morning.

From Sunday afternoon to Monday afternoon, parts of the South China Sea, Beibu Gulf, Qiongzhou Strait, Hainan and coastal areas of Guangdong and Guangxi will experience strong winds.

Storms with up to 140 mm of precipitation are expected to affect parts of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan.

(Reporting by Ryan Woo; Editing by Keith Weir)


More Related News

US Open starlet Wu aims to inspire China tennis generation
US Open starlet Wu aims to inspire China tennis generation

China's great new tennis hope Wu Yibing, who made history by winning the US Open boys title this month, says he hopes to inspire a generation of Chinese players. China may have almost 1.4 billion people but it has only ever produced one Grand Slam singles champion in Li Na, who lifted the women&

China's highest-profile fugitive assailed by businessman who says he was framed for crimes
  • World
  • 2017-09-19 06:10:35Z

By Philip Wen BEIJING (Reuters) - China's highest profile fugitive, exiled billionaire Guo Wengui, is under attack from a former business partner who claims Guo got him framed for crimes he says he did not commit. After having a conviction for embezzling 855 million yuan ($130 million) from a company

China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle
China, Russia urge end to North Korea vicious cycle

The Chinese and Russian foreign ministers called for a peaceful end to the "vicious cycle" on the Korean peninsula as they met in New York for the UN General Assembly, Beijing said Tuesday. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov urged all parties to seek a "peaceful resolution" to the current stand-off with Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons program, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.

The Latest: China rejects US demands for pressure on NKorea
The Latest: China rejects US demands for pressure on NKorea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The Latest on tensions following North Korea's firing of an intermediate-range missile over Japan (all times local):

China's Out-Of-Control Tiangong-1 Space Station to Crash Back to Earth Early 2018

China announced it had lost control of the Tiangong-1 space station in September 2016 and initially thought the spacecraft would fall back to Earth in "late 2017." Since then, refined estimates have put the date of re-entry at some point between December 2017 and March 2018. Now, The Aerospace Corporation, a California-based nonprofit that provides assistance to the government's national security space programs, has announced that the date of re-entry will be late January or February of next year. Because of the spacecraft's size-34 feet by 11 feet, and 18,740 pounds-The Aerospace Corporation says some material may survive.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Latin America

Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.