Typhoon to bring heavy rains to Taiwan, China over weekend
A typhoon is forecast to bring heavy rains to Taiwan and coastal China over the weekend, days after the worst flooding on record in a central province caused at least 33 deaths. Forecasters say Typhoon In-fa is moving toward China and expected to make landfall in the coastal province of Zhejiang either Sunday afternoon or early Monday morning.
Risk warning has been raised to the second-highest level
Zhejiang's bureau of emergency management said on its microblog on Friday that it was raising its risk warning to the second-highest level and calling on all localities to take preventative measures. Those usually include recalling fishing boats to port and relocating people living in vulnerable coastal communities. Fujian province to the south has issued similar orders.
The typhoon's eye is expected to pass north of Taiwan
On its current track, the typhoon's eye is expected to pass north of Taiwan, while bringing considerable rain to the island. The forecast follows flooding earlier this week in the central province of Henan as rivers and reservoirs overtop their banks. The 33 deaths reported included 12 people who were trapped by rising waters in the subway system in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou.
Situation in India and parts of Europe similar
At noon, In-fa was about 370 kilometers (230 miles) east of the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, moving north-northwest at about 12 kilometers (seven miles) per hour, according to the Hong Kong Observatory. Notably, neighboring India has also reported several deaths due to heavy rainfall and severe flooding. Moreover, parts of Europe have also been grappling with heavy rainfall and floods.