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Millions brace for coming typhoon in S China

07-16-2010 09:06 BJT

BEIJING, July 16 (Xinhaunet) -- Heavy rains and an approaching typhoon in the next two days will batter South China and exacerbate floods, which have already killed 135 people since July 1, authorities said.

Fishing boats are lined up at a port in Haikou, capital of Hainan province, on Thursday. More than 24,000 boats have docked at the port in response to local authorities’ warning of the approaching typhoon.(Source: China Daily)
Fishing boats are lined up at a port in Haikou, capital of Hainan province, on Thursday. 
More than 24,000 boats have docked at the port in response to local authorities’ warning 
of the approaching typhoon.(Source: China Daily)
As of 4 pm on Thursday, some 35.5 million people in 10 southern provinces and Chongqing municipality had been affected by continuous rainstorms and floods since July 1, the Civil Affairs Ministry said in a notice.

About 113,000 homes have been destroyed and more than 1.2 million people relocated, it said.

The latest round of heavy rains, which are expected to trigger more floods and landslides, in central and southern China are forecast to continue for two more days along the mid and lower reaches of the Yangtze River and Huaihe River, the Central Meteorological Administration said on Thursday.

Moreover, a typhoon named Conson, which is moving northwestwards, is expected to hit South China on Friday or Saturday.

Chen Lei, deputy commander-in-chief of State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, said the coming rain would exacerbate floods as water levels of the Yangtze River, Poyang Lake, Dongting Lake and Taihu Lake continue to rise.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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