Chinese authorities have declared a red alert as a powerful typhoon heads towards the eastern coast.

Typhoon Lekima is currently battering Taiwan with winds of more than 190 kilometers per hour and is due to make landfall in China’s Zhejiang province on Saturday.

Lekima, is passing the north of Taiwan, causing flight cancellations and the closures of schools and offices.Power was cut to more than 40,000 homes and the island’s high speed rail service was suspended north of the city of Taichung.

In mainland China, emergency teams have been deployed to guide relief work.Thousands of people further up the coast in shanghai have been warned to prepare to evacuate.

Flood warnings have been issued for eastern sections of the Yangtze River and the Yellow River until Wednesday. The provinces of Jiangsu and Shandong are also on alert.

Cruise liners have been told to delay their arrival in Shanghai and some train services have been suspended over the weekend.

Beijing has also cancelled some trains heading to and from the Yangtze delta region.

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