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China launches emergency response as Pacific storms approach

BEIJING, Aug. 22 — An emergency response to cope with two approaching tropical storms has been launched by the National Commission for Disaster Reduction.

On Wednesday, the commission urged civil affairs offices in coastal provinces and the three central provinces of Henan, Hubei and Hunan to get prepared for typhoons Tembin and Bolaven.

Disaster relief material reserve agencies in eight major cities in coastal and central China have also been told to prepare.

All levels of civil affairs authorities have been told to track the location of the storms and their development, and release warnings and disaster prevention messages to the public, via media channels.

Disaster relief agencies should work with railway and other transport departments and ensure relief materials arrive in time, the NCDR said.

Typhoons Tembin and Bolaven are the 14th and 15th named storms of the 2012 Pacific typhoon season.

At 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Bolaven was 2,027 km southeast of the eastern Zhejiang Province.

It is expected to move towards eastern China at a speed of 15 km per hour and is gathering force, according to local meteorological authorities.

Tembin has brought heavy rains to the northern Philippines, killing a teenager and triggering landslides and flash floods that have left thousands displaced.

At 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Tembin was 470 km southeast of Eluanbi, at the southern tip of Taiwan, with winds of 172.8 km per hour, according to the National Meteorological Center.

The storm is expected to move towards eastern Taiwan at a speed of between 10 and 15 km per hour, bringing heavy winds to the area, the center added. (PNA/Xinhua)

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