Fishermen are transported to a safer area amid strong wind and heavy rainfall at a port as Typhoon Rammasun hits Zhanjiang, Guangdong province. REUTERS/Stringer
A super typhoon has slammed into China, killing one person,
as the government ordered an all-out effort to prevent loss
of life from a storm that has already killed at least 64
people in the Philippines.
Typhoon Rammasun, with winds of up to 180kmh, made landfall
at Wenchang city on south China's island province of Hainan
on Friday afternoon (local time), the National Meteorological
Center said on its website.
The typhoon, which is shaping up to be the strongest to hit
Hainan in more than 40 years, will bring heavy rain
throughout the weekend before moving southwest and weakening
on Monday, the Xinhua state news agency said.
By mid-evening on Friday, the storm had made landfall in
Guangdong province on the mainland. It is likely to hit the
southwestern Guangxi region late on Friday.
Waves could reach up to 13m. high in northern parts of the
South China Sea and residents are being warned away from
coastal areas, Xinhua said.
The Hainan government said it had ordered fishermen back to
port while all airports, train stations and ports had been
State media said access to all scenic spots on the island,
which styles itself as China's answer to Hawaii, had been
closed, and more than 70,000 people evacuated.
Premier Li Keqiang said people's lives must come first in the
severe situation, the Hainan government said.
"Prevent any accidents that may be caused (by the typhoon)
and reduce disaster losses as much as possible," it cited Li
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.