Beijing: China’s meteorological authority issued a ‘blue alert’ today for a typhoon expected to hit the southern province of Guangdong, while warning of mountain floods in the southwest due to torrential rains, which have already taken a heavy toll during the last few weeks.
At least 173 people have been killed and 126 are listed as missing. The country’s fourth typhoon this year was detected 510 km off the coast of Manila at 5:00 pm today and will land in Guangdong on Tuesday, the National Meteorological Centre (NMC) said.
The wind speed could reach 38-45 meters per second when the typhoon makes landfall, according to the NMC. It also warned that heavy rain could lead to mountain floods in parts of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region and Sichuan Province from tonight to Sunday night.
China has a four-tier, colour-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe weather, followed by orange, yellow and blue.