Severe storm hits China and The Philippines

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Manila – Children salvage materials from rubbish that collected on the banks of a river that overflowed after Typhoon Conson slammed into the Philippines on 13 July 2010 © Felipe Villalobos/IRIN

Weather experts in China and The Philippines have issued warnings for high winds, torrential rains, flash floods and landslides as a result of a severe tropical storm.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says China is facing the third tropical cyclone in very close succession, with the approach of severe storm Haikui.

More than 450,000 people are reported to have been evacuated from Shanghai and the nearby coastal province of Zheijiang.

WMO spokesperson Claire Nullis has more.

"The China Meteorological Administration has issued warnings for high winds and torrential rainfall from Haikui and emergency response measures have been activated in Zhejiang, Shanghai and Jiangsu provinces. Haikui did not directly hit the Philippines but it increased the impact of the southwest monsoon, bringing heavy rains to many areas, including the capital Manila. The Philippines Meteorological Service has issued multiple alerts and is warning of flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas and flash floods in low-lying areas."

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