Deadly typhoon targets China

Super
Typhoon Megi is expected to build back up to super typhoon
levels by today, Thursday as it slowly travels
toward the southern
Chinese coast for its expected landfall on Saturday.

The
storm packed winds of 140 mph when it struck the Philippines earlier this week – but the country escaped severe casualties because of what authorities
cited as their thorough evacuations and other emergency preparations in the
sparsely populated areas.

Philippine
officials reported 15 dead in Cagayan, Isabela and Pangasinan provinces,
including several people who drowned after being pinned by fallen trees. The
storm damaged thousands of homes, and flooded vast areas of rice and corn
fields.

The
typhoon was expected to make its next landfall on the central or western coast
of China’s Guangdong province, the Guangdong Meteorological Bureau
said on its website. The Hong Kong Observatory said it was expected to develop winds of more than 115 mph – or super typhoon strength –today.

No
evacuations have been ordered so far in the densely populated city of 7 million
whose infrastructure has traditionally held up well against the annual summer
barrage of typhoons.

In
the Philippines, more than 215,000 people were affected by the typhoon,
including 10,300 people who fled to evacuation centres, officials said. About
$30 million worth of infrastructure and crop were damaged and nearly 5,000
houses were damaged or destroyed by Megi’s ferocious wind, according to the government’s
main disaster-response agency said.

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