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Typhoon Muifa strands tourists and cancel flights


Published on Aug 8, 2011

Typhoon Muifa played havoc with China’s travel industry over the weekend, stranding tourists and grounding fights. Xinhua reported that Chinese police rescued 53 tourists who were briefly stranded on an island off the port of Qingdao as surging waters submerged a rock bridge linking it to the mainland. Rizhao, a coastal tourist city in Shandong province, subsequently ordered the closure of all scenic spots and seawater pools to prevent accidents. Flights were cancelled along China’s east coast over weekend as the storm teased meteorologists, threatening make landfall in several locations. Yesterday 18 flights were cancelled at Quingdao airport as were most fl ights in and out of Shanghai, reports state media. Around 30,000 passengers were affected when the two airports in Shanghai halted the majority of flights on Sunday and 200 flights on Saturday reported the Oriental Morning Post. Approximately 610,000 people were evacuated from the Shanghai region on the eastern coast as the powerful typhoon headed for Shianghai before it turned north to the coastal area of Shandong province.

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