While Typhoon Nepartak’s impact on our fair city may have been underwhelming, the storm has left parts of Fujian and Jiangxi provinces absolutely devastated.
Xinhua reports that at least nine people have been killed on the mainland by the typhoon, while 18 others remain missing. Nepartak has also destroyed almost 2,000 homes and over 200,000 residents have been forced to evacuate. Direct economic losses are estimated at 860 million yuan.
Nepartak first landed on the mainland in Fujian province on Saturday afternoon, before gradually losing its power and fading into a tropical depression on Sunday. In preparation, provincial authorities closed down five airports and canceled hundreds of train journeys in the province. Hundreds of thousands of Fujian residents are also without power and rain brought by the typhoon is predicted to continue to fall until the end of the week.
More rain isn’t exactly what China needs at this point. Heavy rains that have fallen over the past couple of weeks have caused severe flooding that has killed at least 160 people, mainly along the Yangtze River. 1.84 million people have forced to evacuate, pigs have been stranded, alligators have been loosed and an estimated 57.8 billion yuan of damage has been done — but at least one dude was able to save his leather shoes.
Typhoon Nepartak first hit land in Taiwan early on Friday morning. Slamming the island with high winds and heavy rains. Three Taiwanese have been killed and more than 300 injured by the storm.
Check out what the typhoon did to one bridge in Fujian province:
[Images via Weibo]