China set for evacuation as Typhoon Lekima approaches

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Typhoon Lekima is expected to make landfall on Saturday, causing a surge up the Yangtze River. is preparing for evacuations in several provinces and issuing its highest-level warning for the approaching Typhoon Lekima.

Travelling northwest from the south of japan and crossing over the north of Taiwan on Friday, the storm is carrying heavy rains and winds of 209km/h, according to country’s National Meteorological Centre.

The rains were expected to batter Zhejiang province, home to 6.2 million people, and Shanghai municipality, home to 26.3 million, before hitting land on Saturday morning.

Authorities believe it will cause a powerful surge up the arterial Yangtze River that could lead to flooding in several regions.

China’s weather bureau has issued a code red, the highest level alert in its four-tiered alert system, for Zhejiang province, prompting authorities to prepare evacuations, suspend train, air and fire service and require ships to return to port.

It advised a total of seven provinces to make preparations and have emergency response systems ready.

In response to the flooding threats, the Ministry of Water Resources ordered measures to prevent the overflow of levies.

Three main streams of the Yangzte River are expected to rise to dangerous levels and officials said the flooding risk will continue until Wednesday.

 

Zainab Sa’id