A man pushes his electric bicycle along a flooded seaside street as Typhoon Rammasun hits in Haikou, Hainan province. REUTERS/Stringer
A super typhoon has killed at least fourteen people in China
since making landfall, state media report, after hitting
parts of the Philippines and leaving 77 dead.
Typhoon Rammasun reached the southern Chinese island province
of Hainan on Friday, before striking parts of the mainland
later on Friday and early on Saturday, said the official
Xinhua news agency.
The government had ordered an all-out effort to prevent loss
of life from the typhoon, which is shaping up to be the
strongest to hit southern China in more than 40 years.
It is expected to bring heavy rain throughout the weekend
before moving southwest and weakening on Monday. Heavy rain
is also expected over part of northern Vietnam.
The typhoon has hit several cities in the Chinese provinces
of Guangxi, Guangdong and Hainan, tearing down trees and
power lines and knocking out power grids.
Rammasun has affected more than 1.3 million people, and
caused economic damage worth more than 4.95 billion yuan
In the Philippines, Rammasun badly hit the coconut-growing
southern portion of the main island of Luzon, including the
central Bicol region, which remained without power four days
after it struck.
The storm damaged an estimated 5.85 billion Philippine pesos
($134 million) worth of crops and infrastructure, including
roads and bridges.
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.