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China battles typhoons

English.news.cn   2014-07-22 23:48:48

SUZHOU/HANGZHOU, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Coastal provinces in east China were bracing for Typhoon Matmo on Tuesday while southern regions were dealing with the aftermath of Rammasun, the strongest typhoon to strike the country in four decades.

The Fujian provincial meteorological center forecast that Typhoon Matmo, the 10th typhoon to affect China this year, is expected to hit Taiwan on Tuesday night before making landfall in Fujian.

The typhoon was at sea 560 km away from Fujian's southeastern coast on Tuesday morning. It is still gathering power, moving at a speed of 20-25 km per hour.

The provincial flood control headquarters ordered reinforced patrols along coastal and river embankments and early relocation of fishermen and farmers living in flood-prone areas.

Zhejiang Province raised its typhoon response alert, requiring all fishing boats to dock in harbors and safe waters.

Fujian, Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Anhui provinces will witness rainstorms with precipitation as high as 300 mm, according to meteorological information.

Bracing for Matmo, China is recovering from losses caused by Typhoon Rammasun that has wreaked havoc over the last four days.

Rammasun brought gales, downpours and floods to southern provinces, killing at least 46 people and affecting nearly ten million others in the provinces of Guangdong, Hainanf and Yunnan, as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

Editor: yan
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