Typhoon Malakas and Meranti in China

IAS Prelims 2023

China’s meteorological authority issued a yellow alert for typhoon Malakas, forecasting strong winds and heavy rain.

Malakas, the 16th typhoon in 2016, was observed 135 km off Taiwan’s east coast bringing winds of up to 50 metres per second as it moved northwest, and it was expected to enter the East China Sea later in the day.

Typhoon Meranti has left at least 14 persons dead and another 14 missing in China.

Meranti, the world’s strongest typhoon this year, arrived in Xiamen province wreaking havoc as it passed through.

Around 3,31,000 persons were relocated in Fujian, where authorities estimate the direct economic losses to be $249 million.

Colour-Coded Warning System:

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