At least 16 people were killed as super typhoon Rammasun roared along southern China, while over 70,000 residents were forced to flee their homes in what officials have said is the worst typhoon to hit the region in more than four decades.
Clean-up is now underway in Hainan and Guangxi in the wake of destruction from the storm that hit the southern tip of Guangdong with winds of over 200 km/h.
At least five were killed and 99 injured in Hainan, SCMP reported, citing Xinhua News. Four in Changjiang and Wuzhishan were reported missing, according to People’s Daily. Three more people were killed and three critically injured in Guangxi.
The Hainan government has put economic losses at 4.7 billion yuan with 406,000 of crops affected, according to the Post. More than 180,000 residents need assistance.
Before hitting China, the typhoon days earlier killed at least 94 people and destroyed more than 111,000 homes in the central Philippines, which is now bracing itself for another storm, Matmo, that’s expected to become a super typhoon and is likely to bring heavy rain with risks of flash floods and landslides.
Super typhoon Rammasun blew a 3 m long whale on beach of Hailing Island in Guangdong on Sat, residents sent it back. pic.twitter.com/2RF7z66lYB
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) July 20, 2014
[Images via Xinhua]