Typhoon Kills 18, Levels 37K Homes
China, Philippines slammed by monster storm
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 20, 2014 5:00 PM CDT
In this July 19, 2014 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a vehicle sits under a collapsed building after landfall of typhoon Rammasun in Haikou, capital of south China's Hainan Province.   (Xia Yifang)

(Newser) – The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 18 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes, the government and state media said today, while in the Philippines the death toll from the storm's earlier destruction rose to 94. Typhoon Rammasun killed nine people and left five missing after hitting Hainan island on Friday off China's southern coast, the civil affairs ministry said in a statement. Nine others died later in the Guangxi region as the storm plowed into the mainland on its way north to Vietnam.

The storm destroyed 37,000 homes and ravaged 1.2 million acres of crops in Hainan and Guangdong provinces and Guangxi, causing $4.3 billion in damage, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The typhoon is the strongest to hit southern China in 41 years, according to the China Meteorological Administration. Wind speeds reached 130 miles per hour, with the storm knocking down power lines and damaging buildings, Xinhua said. Authorities in southern China ordered the highest level of alert and suspended hundreds of buses, trains and flights across the region. The typhoon had wreaked havoc in the northern Philippines last week, leaving 94 people dead.

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Jul 20, 2014 7:36 PM CDT
Wow, leveled 37k homes and only 18 people dead? Im sad of course that anyone is dead, but I do have to say it's pretty amazing that the toll was limited to 18
Jul 20, 2014 7:34 PM CDT
Hainan Island has been near the very top of my wish to travel to list for a while. Especially Sanya (on the south). But..... I think this depressing news means it is time to cross it off the list.