Dual typhoons: China launches emergency response
The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters launched a level III emergency response plan for the two typhoons set to hit Taiwan and Fujian this weekend.
Nesat, the ninth typhoon this year, is expected to make landfall in Taiwan Saturday and might land in the form of a typhoon or strong tropical storm in Fujian early Sunday.
The tenth typhoon is expected to hit central and northern Fujian late Sunday or early Monday.
Downpours are forecast in eastern part of south China, east China and Shandong Province, and the biggest rainfall in Fujian could reach 500 millimeters.
China has a four-level emergency response mechanism to deal with droughts and floods, with the first-level to deal with the most serious cases and the fourth-level to prepare for the least serious cases.
Under a level III emergency response plan, the office must report to the State Council within two hours and send a work team to the disaster zone within 24 hours.
The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters urged local governments to prepare for the typhoons with timely warning, safety checks and effective flood drainage measures.
lood caused by heavy rain has led to eight deaths and one missing in northwest China's Shannxi Province, the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA) said Saturday.
A total of 900 houses collapsed and over 17,000 were damaged due to floods in Yulin, Shannxi. Direct economic losses were estimated to be 3.2 billion yuan ($475 million).
A total of 366,000 people were affected, 76,800 of whom were relocated.
Up to 49,000 hectares of crops were affected with 8,600 hectares destroyed.
The provincial government has allocated 50 million yuan for disaster relief.
The MCA and China National Commission for Disaster Reduction issued a level III emergency response Saturday and have sent teams to assist disaster-hit areas in Shannxi. ■