Typhoon Rammasun Claims 18 Lives in China, Incurs $4.32B Losses (PHOTOS)

  on July 21 2014 1:58 PM
  • Typhoon Rammasun Claims 18 Lives in China, Incurs $4.32B Losses (PHOTOS)
    Residents ride an electric bicycle past a fallen tree against strong wind and heavy rainfall as Typhoon Rammasun hits Zhanjiang, Guangdong province July 18, 2014. A super typhoon slammed into China on Friday 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. Rammasun made landfall at Wenchang city on south China's island province of Hainan on Friday afternoon. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA
  • Typhoon Rammasun Claims 18 Lives in China, Incurs $4.32B Losses (PHOTOS)
    Local government workers clear away felled trees and a broken street lamp after strong winds and heavy rainfall from Typhoon Rammasun in Mong Cai July 19, 2014. Typhoon Rammasun triggered heavy rain and strong winds in northern Vietnam as it made landfall near the Vietnam-China border on Saturday. The typhoon knocked down trees and electricity poles in Vietnam's Mong Cai city of Quang Ninh province, northeast of Hanoi and bordering China's Guangxi province, but there were no casualties reported. REUTERS/Nguyen Ha Minh (VIETNAM - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)
  • Typhoon Rammasun Claims 18 Lives in China, Incurs $4.32B Losses (PHOTOS)
    Residents look at a fallen tree after Typhoon Rammasun hit Longtang township of Zhanjiang, Guangdong province July 19, 2014. A super typhoon has killed at least fourteen people in China since making landfall on Friday afternoon, state media said on Saturday, after hitting parts of the Philippines and leaving 77 dead. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA
  • Typhoon Rammasun Claims 18 Lives in China, Incurs $4.32B Losses (PHOTOS)
    A fisherman paddles a makeshift boat to check his fish farms after Typhoon Rammasun hit Leizhou, Guangdong province July 19, 2014. A super typhoon has killed at least fourteen people in China since making landfall on Friday afternoon, state media said on Saturday, after hitting parts of the Philippines and leaving 77 dead. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS MARITIME) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA
  • Typhoon Rammasun Claims 18 Lives in China, Incurs $4.32B Losses (PHOTOS)
    Residents travel on a street blocked by fallen electricity poles after Typhoon Rammasun hit Leizhou, Guangdong province July 19, 2014. A super typhoon has killed at least fourteen people in China since making landfall on Friday afternoon, state media said on Saturday, after hitting parts of the Philippines and leaving 77 dead. REUTERS/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT CITYSCAPE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA
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At least 18 people have died after typhoon Rammasun struck Hainan island off China's southern coast on Friday.

China likewise incurred direct economic losses of 26.55 billion yuan ($4.32 billion) in south China after Rammasun shredded 37,000 homes and devastated 468,500 hectares of crops in China's southern coastal provinces of Hainan, Guangdong and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

At least over 3 million people were affected by typhoon Rammasun in these provinces. CCTV.com reported the number of injured totaled at least 99 people. 

Xinhua News reported authorities in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi, grounded flights, leaving 1,300 passengers stranded. Train services between Nanning and coastal cities were likewise suspended.

Rammasun, the strongest typhoon in four decades to hit China after 1973's Super-Typhoon Nora, made landfall on Friday with winds of over 200km/h (124mph). It has weakened to a tropical depression early Sunday morning but is still affecting the country's southern regions, Xinhua News said.

Super-Typhoon Nora had maximum winds of 295km/h when it hit in 1973.

Rammasun's wind speeds reached 130 miles (216 km) an hour, strong enough to knock down power lines and damage buildings, Xinhua News said.

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