China braced for Typhoon Nida and issued a red alert ahead of its landfall in the southern areas on Tuesday, with hundreds of flights cancelled on the mailnland and Hong Kong.
China’s State Oceanic Administration (SOA) issued the red alert for ocean waves and storm tides as Typhoon Nida, packing winds of 130 kilometers per hour, approaches the mainland.
From Monday night, sea waves as high as 11 metres are expected in the northern South China Sea, while the southern Taiwan Strait will witness waves as high as seven meters.
The SOA also issued a red alert storm tides and estimated that the sea level off the Pearl River estuary will rise up to 220 cm.
Typhoon Nida is expected to land in Guangdong Province early tomorrow, probably around the Pearl River Delta, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Local authorities in the provinces of Hunan, Guangdong, Guizhou and Yunnan, as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, have been asked to closely monitor the typhoon and publicise early warning information in a timely manner, according to a circular on the website of the Ministry of Civil Affairs.
The China National Commission for Disaster Reduction has asked people in typhoon-affected areas to stock daily necessities for at least one to three days, the circular said, adding that emergency mechanisms for disaster relief will be activated if necessary.
Typhoon Nida will make landfall in south China’s Guangdong Province tomorrow.
At least 124 flights scheduled for today and tomorrow had been cancelled earlier in the afternoon as Nida edged closer, the South China Morning Post reported.
Ferries between Hong Kong and the gambling strip of Cotai in Macau have been suspended.
Several Chinese provinces suffered heavy damages due to heavy rains during the past few weeks.
At least 173 people were killed and 126 people listed missing in last weeks’s rains.