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China braced for Typhoon Chanthu

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Southern China is set to be hit by its second typhoon inside a week.

Typhoon Chanthu was upgraded from a tropical storm on Wednesday after gathering strength over the South China sea.

Officials say downpours could worsen already-flooded areas and trigger landslides.

Five provinces are expected to be hit including Guangdong and the island of Hainan.

Flooding in China, the country’s worst for a decade, has killed more than 700 people this year, while 347 are still missing.

Fears have been raised of a repeat of the 1998 Yangtze river floods in which 4,000 died.

But Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao insists his government is well-prepared to avert another mass disaster of that scale.