China prepares for typhoon Talim’s flood onslaught

Emergency Response Triggered in 13 Chinese Regions Amidst Widespread Flooding
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China’s Ministry of Water Resources announced on Wednesday its ongoing efforts to counter the flooding and heavy rains expected from typhoon Talim in the southern regions of the country. Typhoon Talim, the fourth of this year, first made landfall in Guangdong province on Monday night and subsequently hit Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Tuesday.

The Ministry has predicted that from 8 p.m. Tuesday to 8 p.m. Thursday, typhoon Talim will bring substantial downpours not only to Guangdong and Guangxi but also to other regions of China, including Yunnan, Guizhou, Hunan, Hubei, Anhui, Chongqing, and Jiangsu.

Notably, water levels in the Beilunhe River and its tributary in Guangxi have already surpassed the flood-alert marks, indicating an escalating risk. To address this situation, the Ministry has maintained a Level IV emergency response for flooding and deployed four working groups to provide guidance on flood control measures. It’s important to mention that China has a four-tier flood-control emergency response system, with Level I being the most critical response level.

While China’s State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters has downgraded its emergency response for typhoons and flooding to Level IV, indicating a relatively lower level of immediate risk, Guangxi province took the precautionary measure of elevating its emergency response from Level III to Level II earlier on Tuesday, highlighting increased preparedness in the region.

In summary, China remains proactive in its preparations for the potential impact of typhoon Talim, as it anticipates heavy rains and the risk of flooding across several provinces.