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Harm after the storm

Debris is seen in a bay after Typhoon Mujigae hit, in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province on Tuesday.

The death toll from the typhoon that struck China on the weekend has risen to 19, with four people missing, the official Xinhua news agency reported yesterday.

According to the South China Morning Post, Mujigae was a tropical storm, then a low-level typhoon for most of its passage across the South China Sea after crossing the Philippines.

As it approached land, however, it intensified to a Category 2 cyclone, then jumped to Category 4 - with winds up to 298kmh, capable of causing catastrophic damage - as it crossed land.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 08, 2015, with the headline 'Harm after the storm'. Print Edition | Subscribe