Typhoon Son-Tinh swept through South China’s Hainan and Guangxi provinces this past weekend, causing one death with six reported missing. Millions were affected.
The 23rd Western Pacific tropical storm this year, Son-Tinh hit Hainan on Oct. 27, forcing about 126,000 people to relocate, according to an Oct. 30 report by the Hainan provincial disaster relief office.
The typhoon has affected 1.26 million people in the provincial island region of 15 cities and counties, the report said.
Direct economic losses amounted to nearly 1 billion yuan (US$160 million), including 716 collapsed houses and damage to more than 2,400 homes and businesses covering 411 square km, or close to 160 square miles.
Starting Oct. 29, the typhoon brought heavy rains to China’s Guangxi Province, affecting 127,800 residents and forcing over 9,000 people to evacuate, with damages of 33.82 million yuan ($5.42 million), according to Chinese state media.
Before hitting China, the storm caused at least 27 deaths in the Philippines, while seven more were killed in Vietnam, local authorities said.
Typhoon Son-Tinh also caused flooding on the Beilun River near the border between China and Vietnam in Guangxi, with 70 boats reportedly missing, six sunk and another one stranded in the territory of Vietnam.
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