RB delays flights due to Typhoon Haima

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

ROYAL Brunei Airlines (RB) yesterday announced the delay of two flights to and from Hong Kong as Typhoon Haima edged closer to the Chinese special administrative region.

Flight BI635 from Brunei to Hong Kong was rescheduled to depart at 1am today instead of 10.30am yesterday.

Meanwhile, Flight BI636 from Hong Kong to Brunei will depart at 5.30am and arrive at 8.35am today.

RB, on its Instagram, said any enquiries can be directed to 2212222 in Brunei, or call +85225293883 in Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Haima made landfall in south China’s Guangdong Province on Friday at noon. The tropical cyclone, packing maximum winds of up to 151km/h at its centre, landed in coastal Houmen Township in Haifeng County of Shanwei City at 12.40pm, according to the local meteorological bureau in Guangzhou.

Rainstorms are forecast to batter Shenzhen, Huizhou, Shanwei, Meizhou, Heyuan, Shantou, Jieyang and Chaozhou cities in Guangdong from Friday noon to Saturday morning, said the provincial meteorological station.

Shenzhen closed offices, businesses and schools on Friday as the city activated its highest-level emergency measures in response to Haima.

Nearly 80,000 people in Shenzhen have been evacuated, said the city’s civil affairs bureau.

Schools in Guangzhou, the provincial capital, and Huizhou were also closed on Friday.

As of 11am Friday, China Southern Airlines said it had cancelled 85 flights, including 50 in Shenzhen, 10 in Hong Kong, 15 in Jieyang and 10 in Zhuhai, due to Haima.

More than 30 flights between the northeastern city of Shenyang and cities such as Shenzhen and Zhuhai in Guangdong were cancelled on Friday, said the Shenyang Taoxian International Airport.

Some 104 high-speed trains that pass through Changsha, capital of the central province of Hunan, were suspended on Friday.

The Guangdong flood control headquarters warned of high risk of geological disasters possibly triggered by heavy rainfall brought by Haima.

The typhoon’s strength is similar to that of typhoon Usagi, which killed scores of people in the province in 2013. After landing, Haima weakened into a severe tropical storm on Friday afternoon, according to the National Meteorological Center. — Rachel Thien with a report from Xinhua

The Brunei Times