Super typhoon ravages South China

By Nina Ying Sun
Assistant Managing Editor

Published: July 21, 2014 3:58 pm ET
Updated: July 21, 2014 5:37 pm ET

Image By: Haikou National Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone Super Typhoon Rammasun caused extensive damage to parts of southern China.

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Topics Asia, China

Super Typhoon Rammasun, the most powerful typhoon that has landed in China in four decades, has left parts of South China devastated, and the local residents and businesses are still struggling.

Ma Zhanfeng, secretary general of China Plastics Processing Industry Association, posted an update on his social media Weixin account on July 21:  “The typhoon caused tremendous damage to plastics companies in Wenchang and Haikou (both are cities in Hainan province). Factories are flooded, machinery underwater, steel-structured factory building 95 percent destroyed, no water and no power for four days already.”

Communication with the outside world is off and on, he added, and the Hainan Plastics Industry Association is in the process of evaluating the damage.

Haikou-based automaker FAW Haima Automobile Co. Ltd. said the typhoon has damaged some of its factory roofs, production machinery, finished vehicles and parts inventories.

The automaker said its headquarters factory has been shut down since July 18 and does not expect to resume normal production until half a month from now.

State-owned Xinhua News Agency raised the published death toll to 33 on July 21. Hainan province alone reported 3.25 million of residents being affected and direct economic loss of 10.8 billion yuan ($1.7 billion). Other southern provinces, including Guangdong, Guangxi and Yunnan, were also impacted.

Based on government data by July 20, the total affected population in Hainan, Guangdong and Guangxi exceeded 7 million, along with 37,000 houses flattened and infrastructure severely damaged.

The situation initially did not receive much attention from China’s national media — now widely criticized for devoting too much time and coverage to news of a July 17 Malaysia Airlines jet crash in Ukraine — until days after. In the meantime, some areas of South China struggled without water supply and power for days.

Before heading to China, the super typhoon also struck other Asian countries and was reported to have caused severe damage in the Philippines and Vietnam.


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Super typhoon ravages South China

By Nina Ying Sun
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Published: July 21, 2014 3:58 pm ET
Updated: July 21, 2014 5:37 pm ET

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