Six ty­phoons hit Chi­nese coast within 10 days, set­ting new record

Global Times US Edition - - CHINA -

The 10th typhoon of this year was ex­pected to make land­fall in East China’s Fu­jian Prov­ince late Sun­day or early Mon­day, join­ing the resid­ual cir­cu­la­tion of Ne­sat, the ninth typhoon of the year. Emer­gency plans have been put in place to brace for the two ty­phoons, thep­a­per.cn re­ported.

Ne­sat made land­fall in Tai­wan’s Yi­lan county at 7:10 pm Sat­ur­day and hit Fu­jian at around 6:00 am Sun­day, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

Ne­sat will be joined by the 10th typhoon of the year, also the sixth since July 20, which was ex­pected to land in cen­tral and north­ern Fu­jian late Sun­day or early Mon­day, Xin­hua re­ported.

Six con­sec­u­tive ty­phoons have been formed since July 20, break­ing the pre­vi­ous record of five back in 1967. The fifth, sixth, sev­enth and eighth ty­phoons had been formed within just 34 hours, a rare oc­cur­rence in his­tory, thep­a­per. cn re­ported.

A level III emer­gency re­sponse plan was launched by the State Flood Con­trol and Drought Re­lief Head­quar­ters at 10:00 am Sat­ur­day to brace for the two ty­phoons set to hit Tai­wan and Fu­jian in the week­end. Eight work teams have been dis­patched to Fu­jian and other coastal prov­inces to as­sist with the emer­gency work, thep­a­per.cn re­ported.

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. 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, Xin­hua said.

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