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Typhoon Rammasun hits China, 8 killed, 99 injured


07-19-2014 18:17 BJT

Eight people have been killed in south China since Friday, after typhoon Rammasun hit the area. It bore down on Wenchang city of China’s south province of Hainan on Friday, leaving five people dead and 99 others injured.

On Saturday morning, it swept across Fang Chang-gang coastal city of China’s southwest Guangxi Zhaung Autonomous region. Other cities in Guangxi including Beihai and the regional capital Nanning were also impacted by Rammasun.

In the affected areas, fallen trees and power lines have blocked major roads and damaged buildings. Some power networks have also been paralysed. A number of flights at Nanning Wuxu International Airport have been cancelled. High-speed train services between Nanning and coastal cities have been suspended.

Losses are estimated at least 247 million yuan, or nearly 40 million US dollars. Rammasun is the ninth typhoon this year and believed to be the strongest one to hit China in 41 years.


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