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09-02-2010 08:46 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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This year's Typhoon season arrived later than usual, but the storms are coming closer together. Tropical storm Lionrock is bringing heavy rains and strong winds to southeastern China's coastal areas including Taiwan. Typhoon Namtheum weakened into a tropical depression as it hit Southern China. Typhoon Kompasu diverted west to the Korean Peninsula, but the threat it posed forced Shanghai authorities to shut schools.

Tropical storm Lionrock brought heavy rains and strong gales to southeastern China's coastal areas.

In Taiwan, Lionrock triggered mudslides in Kaohsiung County.

Many places were flooded.

A resident in Pingtong, said, "Look, the water was this high last year. I haven't cleaned this part of the wall yet."

A local resident said, "Last year, the waves crushed the dam, so the water flooded in."

Moving at a speed of 83 kilometers per hour, Lionrock is expected to make landfall in Guangdong and Fujian late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Another tropical storm Namtheun which made landfall in Quanzhou City in Fujian province late Tuesday weakened to a depression Wednesday.

Meanwhile Kompasu is approaching the west sea area of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and will bring rainfall to East China's Shandong province. Northeast China's Liaoning and Jilin provinces will also be affected.

Before the weather system moved west, eastern Chinese coastal regions took measures to cope with the possibility of being hit by the storm.

In Shanghai, schools closed Wednesday which was supposed to be the first day in the new school year. Workers also prepared for heavier rains at the world expo site.

This year's Typhoon season arrived later than usual, but the storms are coming
closer together. Tropical storm Lionrock is bringing heavy rains and strong winds
to southeastern China's coastal areas including Taiwan. Typhoon Namtheum weakened
into a tropical depression as it hit Southern China.


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