Typhoon Rammasun kills one in China

Typhoon kills one person and damages several houses in south China, two days after killing 54 in the Philippines.

    Reports said Rammasun was the most powerful storm in at least nine years [AP]
    Reports said Rammasun was the most powerful storm in at least nine years [AP]

    A powerful typhoon has killed one person and damaged several houses on the southern Chinese island of Hainan after claiming 54 lives in the Philippines.

    Typhoon Rammasun made landfall on Hainan, southwest of Hong Kong at about 3:30pm local time (07:30 GMT) on Friday with winds as strong as 216kph, state-owned Xinhua news agency said.

    The agency said Rammasun was the most powerful storm in at least nine years and possibly since 1973.

    A man in the town of Wengtian on Hainan died after he was struck by debris after his house collapsed in the typhoon, Xinhua reported.

    More than 26,000 people on Hainan were evacuated and authorities required resorts and tour bus companies to suspend operations through Saturday afternoon.

    Xinhua said authorities had ordered the highest level of disaster alert for the region.

    A local news website said ferries to the mainland and train service on the eastern part of the island were suspended. Xinhua reported that 36 trains in the Guangxi region west of Guangdong had been stopped.

    The storm brought high winds and rain to Hong Kong and was due to plow through northern Vietnam after passing Hainan.

    Rammasun moved through the northern Philippines on Wednesday, drenching the capital, Manila, and knocking out power to entire provinces.

    The Philippine government raised the death toll Friday to 54. Three more people were missing and 100 injured.

    SOURCE: Associated Press


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