Typhoon kills 7, knocks out power in southern China as tornado snaps trees

People try to remove a fallen tree from a street as Typhoon Mujigae hits Maoming, Guangdong province, on Oct 4, 2015.
People try to remove a fallen tree from a street as Typhoon Mujigae hits Maoming, Guangdong province, on Oct 4, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS
Winds batter trees on a street in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province after Typhoon Mujigae made landfall in China on Oct 4, 2015.
Winds batter trees on a street in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province after Typhoon Mujigae made landfall in China on Oct 4, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (Reuters/AFP) - A typhoon bringing heavy rain churned inland through southern China on Monday (Oct 5), a day after making landfall, killing at least seven people, injuring more than 200, knocking out power and overturning cars.

The storm made landfall in the southern province of Guangdong on Sunday, triggering widespread blackouts, state media said. Winds knocked out power grids along the coast, leaving large areas without electricity, water or telecommunications.

It has also led to the injuries of 223 people, the official Xinhua news agency said.

TV footage showed trees snapped in two by a tornado spawned by the storm and a building at a construction raised from the ground like a toy. A crane toppled from a high-rise under construction.

"The deaths and injuries were a result of tornadoes induced by the typhoon," a report said.

Deaths and injuries were reported in Guangdong as well as neighbouring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, the report said.

Widespread power outages were also blamed on the storm, while tens of thousands have been evacuated and rice crops damaged, Xinhua said.

Telecommunications blackouts have slowed the reporting of damage assessments. The Guangxi civil affairs department reported that the typhoon had affected more than 1.44 million people by early afternoon Monday.

One of the dead was killed by a falling tree in Nanning, the regional capital, Xinhua said.

The storm is expected to lose strength as it heads north-west. The authorities warned that flooding and mudslides were possible in the south-western province of Yunnan.

The authorities have cancelled dozens of flights, evacuated thousands and returned nearly 64,000 fishing boats to harbour in the south, state television reported.

Some coastal high-speed trains were suspended, including a route linking Haikou to Sanya in the island province of Hainan, state media said.

The typhoon coincides with a week-long public holiday in China, and tourist spots including a popular volcanic island have been closed.