(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
China activated a level-IV emergency response on Tuesday as the
seventh typhoon of this year approaches the country's southern
coastal areas, Trend reports citing Xinhua .
The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters
initiated the emergency response in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan,
Fujian and other provinces, in light of gales and heavy rains
triggered by the typhoon Mulan.
The typhoon is likely to make landfall from the northeastern
coast of Hainan island to the western coast of Guangdong Province
between noon and evening on Wednesday.
It is expected to bring strong winds to the South China Sea, the
Qiongzhou Strait, as well as the coastal areas of Guangdong and
Affected by the typhoon, parts of Guangdong and Hainan island
will see heavy rains, while intense downpours will lash southern
coastal areas of Guangdong.
The provincial meteorological bureau of Hainan said the typhoon
was identified as being 105 km east-north of Yongxing Island,
Hainan's city of Sansha, at 2 p.m., packing maximum wind speeds of
between 62 and 74 km per hour near its center.
The provincial meteorological bureau of Hainan said that all
ferry services in the Qiongzhou Strait have been suspended. The
transportation and port administration of the city of Haikou,
capital of Hainan, said that three ports suspended operations at 2
p.m. on Tuesday.
At 3 p.m. Tuesday, Guangdong upgraded its emergency response to
gales triggered by the typhoon to level-III.
The Guangdong provincial headquarters for flood, drought and
wind control also asked fishing boats operating at sea and people
working on fishing rafts or offshore wind power construction
platforms to go ashore before 12 p.m. Tuesday.
China has a four-tier flood-control emergency response system,
with level I being the most severe.
Bracing for the typhoon, the Ministry of Water Resources has
activated a level-IV emergency response for floods in Guangdong,
Guangxi, Hainan, Guizhou and Yunnan, warning that the heavy
rainfall could cause rivers to swell, while hilly areas will be
prone to mountain torrents.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs also urged local
authorities to prepare for the typhoon and make arrangements for
the post-disaster resumption of production, bearing in mind the
current crucial period for rice production, livestock breeding and
Local authorities are advised to strengthen real-time monitoring
and disaster prevention, ask people and boats to return to harbors
or seek shelter, and protect farming and fishing facilities.
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