Typhoons make Mid-Autumn Festival a washout on China’s east coast

Typhoon Meranti makes landfall as holiday starts, Malakas follows behind

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 September, 2016, 8:28pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 September, 2016, 11:36pm

Storms made for a wet and windy Mid-Autumn Festival on China’s east coast, with ­Typhoon Meranti hitting on Thursday and Typhoon Malakas expected to bring more heavy rain on Sunday as many people head back to work.

Meranti had left at least 28 people dead – including 18 in ­Fujian province – and 15 missing on the east coast by yesterday, according to Xinhua.

Meteorological authorities said Malakas, the 16th typhoon this year, was moving at up to 20km/h towards the east coast and expected to bring gales and heavy rain to coastal parts of Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, as well as northern and central Taiwan, before heading towards Japan on Saturday might.

Authorities issued a yellow ­weather alert, the third-highest warning in the four-tier scale.

Typhoon Meranti leaves 13 dead, 700,000 affected in southern mainland China as Taiwan braces for new round of pummelling from Malakas

Saturday was the last day of the three-day Mid-Autumn ­Festival and many mainlanders are expected to return to work ­on Sunday. But the threat of bad weather from Malakas forced some rail authorities in southern China to reduce train speeds or suspend services.

After hitting Fujian, Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces on Thursday, Meranti gradually weakened to a tropical storm on Friday. It uprooted big trees, knocked down thousands of homes and cut electricity to tens of thousands of households.

This year’s Mid-Autumn ­Festival is a Mid-Autumn disaster. Typhoon Meranti scared me to death
Internet user

“This year’s Mid-Autumn ­Festival is a Mid-Autumn disaster. Typhoon Meranti scared me to death. Sometimes water was cut off; sometimes phone signals were dead; sometimes the internet was down,” one resident of Xiamen in Fujian wrote ­online.

“People living in other places were celebrating the festival. I was eating instant noodles and potato chips for dinner. Xiamen is like a deserted island ... Please leave Xiamen alone.”

Typhoon Meranti slams into Xiamen, leaving Hong Kong unscathed

Big storms have hit during the festival before. In 2013, between September 16 and 24, Super ­Typhoon Usagi devastated Fujian, Zhejiang and particularly Guangdong province, where close to 30 people died and more than nine million were affected.