Date
25 May 2017
Trees are blown by Typhoon Mujigae on a street in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, on Oct. 4. At least four people have died as heavy winds and downpours left a trail of destruction and flooding in the region. Photo: Reuters
Trees are blown by Typhoon Mujigae on a street in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province, on Oct. 4. At least four people have died as heavy winds and downpours left a trail of destruction and flooding in the region. Photo: Reuters

Four dead as Typhoon Mujigae lashes southern China

At least four people are dead and another 16 missing as Typhoon Mujigae lashed China’s southern Guangdong province on Sunday.

The typhoon, bringing gales and downpours, hit the coastal city of Zhanjiang yesterday afternoon, packing winds of up to 50 meters per second, Xinhua news agency reported, citing the provincial meteorological observatory.

One fisherman died off the waters off Zhanjiang, while another three perished in the city of Foshan, according to the report.

Nearly 120 fishermen had been rescued in Zhanjiang but more than a dozen are still missing at sea, Zhanjiang maritime rescue center was quoted as saying.

The typhoon was in Hepu County in the neighboring Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region last night, and was moving northwest to the cities of Qinzhou and Nanning with weakened strength.

Storms are predicted to last till Monday in west Guangdong and the Pearl River Delta.

The typhoon caused widespread blackouts in Zhanjiang City, where water supply was also cut off in many areas.

Meanwhile, more than 500 tourists have been stranded on Fangji Island, a popular scenic spot administered by Maoming city.

Authorities began to evacuate tourists from the island on Saturday, but the operation was interrupted by strong winds. 

Guangdong has called off sightseeing and leisure activities at sea. Guangxi shut down some popular attractions, including Weizhou Island, the country’s largest volcanic island. 

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