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Super Typhoon Hits South China Coast

July 18, 2014

EFE Ingles

Beijing, Jul 18 (EFE).- A man died when his house collapsed as typhoon Rammasun on Friday touched ground in Wenchang city, on the southern Chinese island of Hainan.

China's Meteorological Administration said the Typhoon hit the city with winds over 216 kph, destroying dozens of houses.

More than 70,000 residents of the region had been previously evacuated, according to the meteorological agency.

Local Red Cross services are providing shelter, rice and other food items to the displaced people.

Island authorities have temporarily shut down airports, railway stations and harbors and have suspended bus services.

More than 6,900 passengers were stranded as 184 flights were cancelled, while the provincial tourism office urged all hotels to close their facilities and bus companies to suspend their operations until Saturday evening.

After passing through Hainan, Rammasun touched the city of Zhanjiang, in the southern province of Guangdong, where authorities have issued a maximum level of emergency response.

While the cyclone will hit Hainan, Guangdong and Guangxi with storms, heavy rains are also expected in the southern provinces of Yunnan and in Hubei and Henan in central China.

The typhoon comes after a week of heavy floods in various provinces of China which killed 18 people and affected millions, specially in Guizhou (southeast), Jiangxi (east) and Hunan (south).

The Asian country frequently suffers natural disasters in summer months due to monsoon climate, specially in the southern half of the country.

Rammasun, which swept the Philippines this week causing dozens of deaths, is expected to end its cycle near the China-Vietnam border by Sunday. EFE



Original headline: One killed as typhoon Rammasun hits southern China

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