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Typhoon Nepartak makes landfall in Chinese mainland

By Xinhua

Typhoon Nepartak makes landfall in Chinese mainland
Policemen patrol at Shenhu town in Jinjiang city, Fujian province, July 8, 2016. (Photo/Xinhua)

FUZHOU - Typhoon Nepartak made landfall on Saturday afternoon in East China's Fujian province, bringing with it gales and downpours, local weather bureau said.

The first typhoon of the season landed at 1:45 pm in Shishi city, packing winds of up to about 100 km per hour.

Over 22,600 people have been dispatched to check the city's water projects, local flood control headquarters said.

The meteorological authority issued an orange alert for heavy rain in the south and southwest of the country on Saturday.

Heavy rain will hit the provinces of Fujian, Jiangxi, Shanxi, Sichuan  and Zhejiang on Saturday and Sunday, with precipitation reaching 300 millimeters in some areas, the National Meteorological Center said on its website.

The center advised people living in the affected areas to take precautions against possible floods and landslides, and those living in mountainous areas to move to safe places.

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

Typhoon Nepartak makes landfall in Chinese mainland
Overcast weather over Haining, East China's Zhejiang province as Typhoon Nepartak approaches on July 7, 2016. (Photo/IC)

Since June 30, floods, hail and landslides have killed 164 people in China, mainly along the Yangtze River and its tributaries, and have left 26 missing, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Friday morning.

The disasters have also led to the collapse of 73,000 houses and forced the evacuation of 1.99 million people. More than 1 million people are in urgent need of basic living assistance.

The Chinese Red Cross Foundation (CRCF) has sent 13,000 relief packages to areas devastated by widespread flooding.

Of the packages, 8,000 have been sent to central Hubei province, 3,000 to eastern Anhui province, 1,000 to central Hunan province and the rest to southwestern Guizhou province.

The packages comprise quilts, towels, mosquito coils, cooking oil and other supplies, which are being given out to affected families.

Typhoon Nepartak made first landfall early on Friday in eastern Taiwan, packing winds of up to 190 km per hour gusting up to 234 km per hour.

Typhoon Nepartak makes landfall in Chinese mainland
Fishing boats are berthed in a harbor in Shenhu Town in Jinjiang city, Fujian province, July 8, 2016. (Photo/Xinhua)
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