Thu, 11 Aug 2022

HAIKOU, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Ferry services in south China's Qiongzhou Strait resumed Sunday morning after a 40-hour suspension due to Typhoon Sinlaku.

The ferry traffic between the island of Hainan and Guangdong Province was suspended at 6 p.m. on Friday as a precaution against gales and torrential downpours.

Passenger trains and high-speed rail services circling the island have started plying on Sunday, while flight service at local airports has been gradually resuming.

Typhoon Sinlaku, the third this year, strengthened from a tropical depression Saturday afternoon. It swept the coastal waters south of the city of Sanya, Hainan Province, before heading to the Beibu Gulf, the National Meteorological Center said.

The center forecast that the typhoon would continue moving northwest at a speed of 15 km per hour and make landfall on the northern coast of Vietnam around Sunday noon.

The provincial emergency response department advised shipping vessels to stay ashore for safety as massive waves, up to three meters high, are expected in certain parts of the coast.

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