Chinese authorities have declared a red alert as a strong typhoon headed towards the east coast.
Typhoon Lekima is currently battering Taiwan with winds of more than 190km/h (120mph) and is due to make landfall in China’s Zhejiang province on Saturday.
Emergency ministry of China said, Emergency teams have been deployed to the region to guide relief work.
The typhoon was also expected to cause a storm surge in the estuary of China’s largest river, the Yangzte.
Cruise liners have been told to delay their arrival in Shanghai and some train services have been suspended over the weekend.
Lekima is one of two typhoons in the western Pacific at the moment. Further east, Typhoon Krosa is spreading heavy rain across the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam. It is moving north-west and could strike Japan sometime next week, forecasters said.
China’s weather bureau said Lekima was expected to have weakened further by the time it made landfall. The country has a four-stage colour-coded warning system, with red representing the most severe weather.
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17 November, 2019