25 dead as typhoon hits China, flight chaos in Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AFP) - Typhoon Usagi killed at least 25 people after crashing ashore in southern China, throwing the region's transport systems into chaos and leaving tens of thousands of airline passengers stranded in Hong Kong on Monday.
Schools and businesses were shut as activity in the normally teeming financial hub slowed to a crawl after Usagi - the world's most powerful storm this year - battered a long swathe of coastline with torrential rain and winds of up to 165 kilometres per hour during the night.
The deaths were reported by Chinese state media after Usagi made landfall near Shanwei city in Guangdong province northeast of Hong Kong on Sunday evening, prompting the highest-level alert from the National Meteorological Center.
The reports by Xinhua news agency did not say how the 25 were killed but said all the deaths were in Guangdong after the typhoon brought down trees and damaged roads.