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Hainan braces for typhoon

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More rainstorms loom on the horizon for flood-ravaged Hainan province, as the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said Typhoon Megi is forecast to hit the South China Sea on Monday.

The strongest typhoon to hit China this year, Typhoon Megi was heading for Northern Luzon in the Philippines at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour after turning into a super typhoon early on Sunday. It is expected to enter the South China Sea on Monday, the NMC said.

With winds near its center reaching more than 56 meters per second, the super typhoon could wreak havoc across the South China Sea over the next few days.

The NMC issued an orange alert, its second-highest storm level, for strong winds at 10 am on Sunday, warning vessels to return to port and urging local authorities to prepare for emergency conditions.

The provincial meteorological center in Hainan has issued red alerts, the highest level, for four cities and counties, including Haikou, while an orange alert was issued for six cities and counties, and the orange alert for Tunchang county was upgraded to red at 4 pm on Sunday.

A second round of heavy rain has been battering the island province, adding to the damage caused earlier this month by the worst flooding in almost half a century.

Devastating storms and surging water levels throughout the province have posed serious challenges for flood control authorities.

Military forces are on standby in Hainan to carry out emergency evacuations and provide disaster relief.

Hainan's flood emergency level was twice raised on Saturday to level 2, the second highest level. Haikou, the provincial capital, reported 103 villages were flooded and 15,150 residents had been evacuated as of Saturday.


1. What is the name of the Typhoon?

2. At what speed is it moving towards the Philippines?

3. How many villages are flooded in Haikou?


1. Megi.

2. 20 kph.

3. 103.


(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Hainan braces for typhoon

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Hainan braces for typhoon

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.