Tropical storm kills 6 in China, 8 missing

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AFTER NEPARTAK. A Taiwanese drives past broken electric post caused by super typhoon Nepartak in Taitung County, southeastern Taiwan, July 9, 2016. Photo by Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

Reports also estimate direct economic losses at 860 million yuan ($129 million)

BEIJING, China (July 11, 2016) — A tropical storm in China left 6 people dead and at least 8 more missing, reports said, after it lashed Taiwan with typhoon-grade winds and rain. 

Super Typhoon Nepartak brought chaos to Taiwan Friday, July 8, forcing more than 15,000 people to flee their homes as part of the island saw its strongest winds in over a century.

It had weakened into a tropical storm by the time it made landfall in Fujian province on Saturday, but still wreaked havoc, with pictures showing cars upended, buildings ripped apart and towns left wallowing in a thick sludge of brown mud.

By late Sunday more than 200,000 residents in 10 mainland cities had been temporarily relocated and some 1,900 homes destroyed, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing the civil affairs ministry.

Six people had been reported dead and 8 missing, it added, with direct economic losses estimated at 860 million yuan ($129 million).

Power was cut for hundreds of thousands in Fujian, while 5 airports were closed and hundreds of high-speed train journeys cancelled, the Global Times newspaper reported Monday.

Nepartak killed 3 people in Taiwan injured more than 300, according to the island’s central emergency operation center.

China’s national meteorological center on Monday put out a blue alert for heavy rain across 14 provinces and regions – the lowest in a 4-tiered warning system.


  by Agence France-Presse | Rappler.com