Saturday, July 19, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun strikes South China

Super typhoon Rammasun, the strongest to hit South China since 1973, made landfall in Wenchang, South China's Hainan Province on Friday afternoon, and continued to ravage Guangdong Province on Friday evening.

According to the National Meteorological Center, the typhoon landed in Wenchang packing rainstorms and winds of up to 60 meters per second and the lowest central atmospheric pressure dropped to 910 hectopascals.

The meteorological center forecast that some of the coastal areas in Hainan, Guangdong and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region would have to sustain gales and heavy rainstorms until Sunday. The rainfall is expected to surpass 600 millimeters in some of the regions.


The center is warning against possible geological disasters including landslides and mudslides in Yunnan Province and Hainan, and water logging in farmland as well as in-city surface water logging in Hainan, southwestern Guangdong and southern Guangxi.

Although more than 198,000 fishermen and residents in areas in possible danger in Hainan had been evacuated by 8 am Friday, around 1,300 people were trapped in rural Wenchang soon after the typhoon landed, according to the Hainan provincial command center for flood prevention, drought control and typhoon response. At least one person died in Wenchang, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The Hainan provincial tourism authority issued an urgent circular on Friday and Guangdong provincial authorities put their emergency response system at the highest level.

Typhoon Rammasun is expected to land in Guangxi early on Saturday morning. "This is possibly the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Guangxi since 1949," said Zhang Ling, chief forecaster at the Typhoon and Marine Forecast Center of the China Meteorological Administration.

The typhoon had killed 64 and injured another 100-plus in the Philippines by Friday since it made landfall there Tuesday night.

 By Ni Dandan Source:Global Times 
19/7/14
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  1. The death toll in China from super typhoon Rammasun increased to 18 with five people still missing, Ministry of Civil Affairs reported on Sunday....

    Rammasun, the strongest typhoon to hit South China in four decades, brought gales and downpours to a number of southern provinces. At least five people are still missing, according to local civil affairs authorities.

    The latest statistics show that more than 5.77 million people were affected by Rammasun as it swept dozens of southern coastal cities in Guangdong and Hainan provinces, and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

    In Guangdong, where the typhoon made a second landfall in Zhanjiang at 7:30 pm Friday, more than 13,400 people have been relocated. Direct losses are estimated at 1.48 billion yuan ($246 million).

    Gales and strong downpours have struck a number of coastal cities in Guangxi since Saturday morning packing gales of up to 48 meters per second, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said in a statement.

    In Beihai, fallen trees and powerlines have blocked major roads and damaged buildings, with some roofs blown away.

    Guangxi has reported a direct economic loss of 1.63 billion yuan.

    Nine people, including two government officials who were involved in a rescue operation, were confirmed dead in Hainan, while nine others were from Guangxi. The typhoon seriously damaged power and water supplies, telecommunications networks, ports and roads, making rescue work more difficult.

    Hainan, where Rammasun made its first landfall on Friday afternoon, suffered the worst damage.

    The typhoon destroyed about 6,100 houses and 75,500 hectares of crops, causing economic losses of over 6.82 billion yuan, the provincial civil affairs authorities said.

    The provincial government has allocated 100 million yuan to help the worst-hit areas.

    As Rammasun moved out of Hainan, all the airports in the island had reopened by Sunday morning. Ferry, rail and bus services have also resumed.

    As of late Sunday night, power supply has resumed in Haikou, capital of Hainan.
    http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/871675.shtml
    20/7/14

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