At least 70 people have gone missing after Typhoon Wutip sunk three fishing boats near the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, BBC reports.
The fishermen had received typhoon warnings but underestimated the impact of the storm and were capsized by the typhoon.
China’s president Xi Jinping urged local authorities in southern China to do everything in their power to find the missing and minimize casualties. A rescue operation is under way and reports say around 14 people have been found.
Just last week, Typhoon Usagi hit China, killing more than 25 people and affecting thousands and even left two Buddha statues depressed.
The storm arrived at a bad time, as millions are currently travelling during China’s Golden Week festival.
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