Rammasun, the biggest typhoon to hit southern China in 40 years, has killed 17 people, after wreaking death and destruction on the Philippines.
Typhoon Rammasun killed at least eight people on the island of Hainan, with others missing, and nine in the Guangxi region, state media say.
It made landfall on Friday with winds exceeding 124mph.
At least 94 people were killed when Rammasun ravaged the northern Philippines earlier this week.
The storm is also affecting Vietnam, where heavy rain is expected before it starts to weaken on Monday.
Rammasun is the biggest typhoon to hit southern China in 40 years (photo Reuters)
Air, rail and road traffic was suspended in parts of China while TV channels showed roads littered with debris including uprooted trees and rooftops.
On Hainan, another source gave the death toll as 18 while the number of people missing is said to be between two and five.
It is the strongest typhoon experienced by southern China since the 1973 typhoon season, the country’s Meteorological Administration said on its website.
That year’s Super-Typhoon Nora had maximum winds of 295km/h although it had weakened by the time it made landfall.
Most of the people killed in the Philippines were hit by falling debris and trees, disaster officials said, while some of six people reported missing had been at sea on boats.
A new typhoon, Matmo, with maximum winds of 150km/h, is now threatening the area ravaged by Rammasun, Philippine National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokeswoman Mina Marasigan told AFP news agency.
About 20 major storms hit the Philippines a year, AFP adds. The south-east Asian country often bears the brunt of the storms, which mass above the warm Pacific Ocean waters.
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Typhoon Rammasun has killed 38 people and left millions without power in central Philippines.
Ten more people were injured by the powerful storm and another eight remain missing, according to authorities.
Typhoon Rammasun swept through the country on Tuesday night before making a shift away from Manila on Wednesday.
Typhoon Rammasun has killed 38 people and left millions without power in central Philippines
More than 530,000 people took refuge in evacuation centers. Many of those who died were killed while outdoors by falling trees and flying debris.
Millions living in provinces southeast of the capital still have no power, according to news agencies.
Officials have managed to restore power to only half of Luzon, which has 17 million people.
Much of the eastern region of Bicol, which was hit first by the storm and is home to five million, is also without electricity.
Manila was hit by widespread blackouts as well, but most of the city’s power has since been restored.
Officials said more than one million people were affected by the storm. Most of them were from Bicol.
Typhoon Rammasun is now heading westwards towards China’s Hainan island. The Tropical Storm Risk website is predicting it will gain in strength to Category 2 – one grade below its strength in the Philippines – within 24 hours.
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Typhoon Rammasun hit the central Philippines forcing thousands of people to evacuate.
The typhoon, also known as Glenda, struck the main island of Luzon with gusts of up to 115 mph.
Authorities said at least four people had been killed by the storm.
Officials said the eye of the storm passed south of the capital, Manila, but the severe weather brought it to a standstill.
Government offices and schools were shut on Wednesday while flights were cancelled.
Typhoon Rammasun hit the central Philippines forcing thousands of people to evacuate
More than 370,000 people, mostly in the eastern province of Albay which was the first to be hit by the typhoon, had been evacuated, the Philippine National Red Cross said.
Town halls had been converted into shelters and evacuees had also been taken to schools and gymnasiums.
Strong winds also bore down on homes in outlying slum areas along Manila Bay, where thousands of people live.
Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, said staff were trying to rescue people trapped by fallen debris in Batangas City.
“We have not received reports of major flooding in Manila because the typhoon did not bring rain but the winds were strong,” he said, adding that an increased awareness of storm surges and a willingness to follow government advice had also helped reduce casualties this time around.
The Philippines is hit by around 20 major storms a year. Typhoon Rammasun is the first to make landfall this year after the rainy season began in June.
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