Typhoon Haima approaches south China

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GUANGZHOU, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Haima is highly likely to land in China's southern coastal province of Guangdong Friday, local flood control authorities said Wednesday.

The authorities have predicted that the typhoon will wreck havoc and cause grave losses, as it is moving fast and expected to bring strong gales, downpours and will likely trigger secondary disasters.

At 4 p.m., the center of Haima was about 1,170 km away from Shenzhen City, Guangdong, packing winds of over 220 km per hour.

It is estimated that waves of up to six meters will occur in the waters off Guangdong on Friday and torrential rain in the Pearl River Delta and eastern part of the province on Friday and Saturday.

The authorities have sent four work teams to oversee precautionary work.

Editor: Mu Xuequan