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China sends teams to regions affected by Typhoon Soulik

Updated: Aug 23,2018 5:07 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — The Ministry of Emergency Management said on Aug 23 that three teams have been sent to provinces that could be severely affected by this year’s 19th typhoon, Soulik.

The teams, composed of personnels from disaster relief, fire control and work safety departments, will assist local efforts to prepare for possible disasters in the provinces of Liaoning, Jilin and Heilongjiang in Northeast China, and Shandong province in the east, the ministry said in a statement.

“They will carry out inspections of local work in disaster relief and prevention, focusing on work arrangements, preventive measures, rescue teams, fund and material preparation, relocation and precautions taken by companies,” the statement said.

China on Aug 23 renewed a blue alert for Typhoon Soulik, which is expected to move northeast at a speed of about 10 km per hour, and make landfall on the Korean Peninsula on the evening of Aug 23, the National Meteorological Center said.

Influenced by the typhoon and cold air, Northeast China regions will be hit by heavy rain from Aug 23 to 25. Coastal regions including Shandong is expected to be hit by moderate to strong gales.

China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system for typhoons, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.