120,000 flee as typhoon hits China

Typhoon Neoguri forces evacuation in island province of Hainan

April 19, 2008

The first typhoon to hit China this year forced the evacuation of 120,000 people in the southeastern island province of Hainan Friday. More than 3,000 people were also stranded at the region's airport as flights were suspended.

No deaths have been reported, but the Xinhua news agency said a number of fishermen appeared to be missing.

The unusually early typhoon was downgraded to a tropical storm Saturday as it moved into Guangdong province.

The typhoon season typically starts in May each year.

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