Southern China braces for deadly typhoon

Residents scrambled to stockpile food and ships were ordered to dock as southern China braced for a typhoon that has already lashed the northern Philippines amid floods that have claimed more than 70 lives across Asia.

Hong Kong: Residents scrambled to stockpile
food and ships were ordered to dock as southern China braced
today for a typhoon that has already lashed the northern
Philippines amid floods that have claimed more than 70 lives
across Asia.

Typhoon Megi packed winds of 140 miles per hour (225
kilometers per hour) when it struck the Philippines on Monday.
Philippine officials reported 20 deaths, including several
people who drowned after being pinned by fallen trees. The
storm damaged thousands of homes and flooded vast areas of
rice and corn fields.

Late today, Megi was about 350 miles (550 kilometers)
southeast of the southern financial hub of Hong Kong and
expected to eventually hit the southern Chinese coast, the
Hong Kong Observatory said on its website.

The storm`s winds have weakened to 110 mph (175 kph), but
are expected to build strength over the next two days before
losing steam again Saturday, when the typhoon is projected to
make landfall in China`s Guangdong province, the observatory
said.

In Guangdong, officials have ordered all fishing boats
back to shore, put the provincial flood control headquarters
on alert and warned that reservoirs should be watched, China`s
official Xinhua News Agency reported.

In the southern island province of Hainan, residents
rushed to supermarkets to stock up on food, vegetables and
bottled water, Xinhua said.

PTI

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