The powerful storm that hit the Philippines morphed into a super typhoon, battering southern China and the coast of Vietnam. Within a week, Rammasun has left over a hundred dead and affected the lives of tens of millions. Here are the photos that tell the tale.
The name of this super typhoon, Rammasun,originated in the Philippines, and means “Thor”. It’s the strongest storm southern China has witnessed in 40 years.
As of July 21 May, super typhoon ‘Rammasun’ has affected approximately 9.8 million people in China, including Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan and Yunnan Provinces, leaving 38 people dead and 31 people missing. 37,000 houses also collapsed. It also resulted in losses of around 32 billion yuan.
On 18 July, the super typhoon Rammasun made its landfall in Hainan Province. Traffic in Haikou City was at a standstill and power supply was cut off. Ropes tying the ships to the harbor were loosened due to the strong wind, which caused them to float out to sea.
A Haikou residential district after being ravaged by Rammasun.
In Guangdong Province, a rescue team saved fishermen by towing them to safe areas in Zhanjiang City and Changan.
A woman riding a motorbike through floodwaters is forced to stop in the torrential rain and wind.
Worse still, someone even fell off their motorcycle.
A woman’s head bleeds after she was struck by metal debris
On 19 May, debris litters the ground in Wenchang City, Henan province.
In Nanning City, Guangxi Province, trees were toppled and uprooted by strong winds.
A vehicle loading 19 tons of methanol in Hechi City, Guangxi Province plummeted and to the bottom of a 100 meter-cliff due to brake failure on the slippery road. The driver died at the scene; the passenger survived as he escaped from the car window sucessfully before the car plunged.
A crane at a construction site is broken after hitting a house where a mother and son were trapped inside. Fortunately, they were rescued, but a man was killed.
A factory owner, surnamed Wang, is speechless upon seeing his collapsed factory in Leizhou, Guangdong Province.
Power lines in Zhanjiang City, Guangdong Province were toppled. Electricity was cut off in the city after a night of heavy wind and rain.
The fish and agricultural industry were also seriously affected. After his boat was blown away, a man simply carried himself to a raft using a wooden stick and a plastic board.
More than 40 vehicles in a car center were destroyed, resulting in losses of over 10 million yuan.
A 300-year-old banyan tree was uprooted.
A large banana plantation was destroyed after the super typhoon Rammasun battered the city of Zhanjiang.
On July 21 morning, a mudflow occurred in a village in Yunan Province. 12 people were confirmed dead with eight missing.
[Images Via Tencent News]
By Christy Mak