Storm's trail of damage in China

Nine people were killed and 18 are missing after wind and driving rain brought by the remains of super typhoon Nepartak swept into China over the weekend, the government said yesterday.

According to a statement on the Civil Affairs Ministry website, the deaths were all in Fujian, where many like this woman were left to pick up the pieces after the typhoon made landfall in the south-eastern province.

Total economic damage has been put at 900 million yuan (S$182 million), with 16,000ha of crops destroyed and more than 900 houses wrecked, the ministry said.

In Taiwan, the storm caused at least three deaths and more than 300 injuries.

The storm is expected to worsen already severe flooding in parts of central and eastern China as its remnants slowly make their way inland.

Typhoons are common at this time of year in the South China Sea.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 12, 2016, with the headline 'Storm's trail of damage in China'. Print Edition | Subscribe