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With Typhoon Kaemi reaching land in eastern China, the Ministry of Land and Resources on Tuesday has been warning local bureaus on Kaemi's route to be on the alert for land disasters.

"All precautionary measures should be taken to keep losses as low as possible," said an emergency notice released by the ministry, asking local bureaus concerned to map out emergency plans as quickly as possible.

"People living in areas threatened with heavy rainfall and high land disaster risks should be relocated," the notice said.

People living near rocky mountain slopes, mountain valleys and reservoirs should be taken care of, the notice said, and the warning system in these areas should be able to work effectively.

Typhoon Kaemi, the fifth to hit China this year, made landfall in Jinjiang City, southeast China's Fujian Province, at 3:50 PM Tuesday.

The eye of the typhoon had a wind velocity of 33 meters per second when it reached land, said the provincial observatory.

Prior to Kaemi's arrival, more than 640,000 people in Fujian, including 310,000 on the sea, had been evacuated to safe places, according to the latest statistics from the provincial flood control authorities.

The typhoon brought rainstorms to southern coastal areas of the province on Tuesday. Heavy rainfall of 50 to 105 millimeters lashed many other counties or cities in Fujian, according to flood control sources.

(Xinhua News Agency July 26, 2006)

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