7,500 people to be evacuated as typhoon Ampil draws closer

A total number of 7,500 people in Pudong New Area will be evacuated in face of upcoming typhoon Ampil. 
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The sky darkens as typhoon Ampil comes closer in Shanghai on July 21, 2018.

A total number of 7,500 people in Pudong New Area will be evacuated in the face of upcoming typhoon Ampil. 

District officials urged all 121 fishing boats to sail back and dock in safe areas, but 107 were reluctant to follow. The district water authority said they will ask maritime safety administration to talk the fishermen over.

The Shanghai Haiwan Forest Park, Fisherman's Wharf and Bihaijinsha Beach in the district were closed from Saturday.

Wu Chunfang, manager of Bihaijinsha Beach, said they have strengthened all tents, billboards and overhead cable poles to assure they won’t be blown away by the gale.

A number of visitors still visited the beach on Saturday. Gao Zhisheng from Suzhou in Jiangsu Province took his friends and family to Shanghai on Friday. Bihaijinsha Park was supposed to be their second stop. But they only found out the gate closed.

“We didn’t get any messages,” said a crestfallen Gao. “We planned to stay till Monday but it seems it’s better for us to go home right now.”

In the Pudong New Area, 451 boats have docked to take shelter from the wind. The inland rivers have lowered their water level to 2.45 meters to brace for the coming rain.

Ships at Yangshan Deep-Water Port have all retreated from the marinas and docked at safe waters.

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A sign reads that Bihaijinsha Beach is closed due to the typhoon in Shanghai on July 21, 2018.

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The Bihaijinsha Beach in Shanghai is closed on July 21, 2018.

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Visitors wait outside the beach as it is closed due to the approaching typhoon in Shanghai on July 21, 2018.

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A girl looks to the sea as the Bihaijinsha Beach is closed due to the coming typhoon in Shanghai on July 21, 2018.

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The fishermen's wharf in Fengxian is closed in Shanghai on July 21, 2018.


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