A resident salvages her belongings inside a damaged house after strong winds brought by Typhoon Rammasun (locally name Typhoon Glenda) battered the coastal area of Baseco compound, metro Manila. Photo by Reuters
A typhoon heading towards southern China has strengthened as
it approaches the provinces of Hainan and Guangdong and is
now a super typhoon, the government said, ordering that all
efforts be made to prevent loss of life.
Typhoon Rammasun, which has already killed at least 38 people
in the Philippines, is expected to make landfall between
Hainan and Guangdong provinces on Friday afternoon, the
National Meteorological Centre said on its website.
Packing winds of up to 180kmh, it will also bring heavy rains
before moving into southwestern China, state news agency
Xinhua added, saying the typhoon would be the strongest to
hit the island of Hainan in 40 years.
The Hainan government said it had ordered fishermen back to
port while many flights, and all train services, were
Premier Li Keqiang, describing the situation as severe, said
people's lives must be put first, the Hainan government
Typhoons are common at this time of year in the South China
Sea, picking up strength from the warm waters and dissipating
Flooding across a large swathe of southern China in the past
week has already killed at least 34 people.