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China braces for typhoon as Yangtze floodwaters remain high

Meteorological office issues yellow alert for Shanghai and nearby provinces

SHANGHAI -- China, where torrential rains since June have raised the water of major rivers well above safe levels, is now bracing for Typhoon Hagupit, which is expected to slam a swath of the east coast tonight.

The National Meteorological Center has issued a yellow alert, the second-lowest on a four-color scale. The move requires authorities in Shanghai and neighboring provinces such as Zhejiang and Anhui to go into crisis management mode.

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