Saturday, April 19, 2014   

Hainan takes a beating from storm, eight killed
(11-12 11:18)

Typhoon Haiyan has killed eight people in southern China and inflicted hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to farming and fishing industries, state media said.
The typhoon had weakened to a tropical storm by the time it crossed into southern China Monday. But it still had gusts up to 100 kilometers per hour and dropped up to 38 centimeters of rain over some parts of Guangxi province.
Hardest hit in China was the southern island of Hainan, where the approaching storm wrenched a cargo ship from its moorings Sunday, drove it out to sea and prevented rescue attempts by speed boat and helicopter. Three bodies were recovered and four crew members remained missing, China National Radio said.
As of today, four other people in Hainan were confirmed dead, including two people hit by falling objects, according to China National Radio, which said the storm caused up to US$700 million in damage to agricultural, forestry, poultry and fishing industries there.
An additional person drowned in Guangxi, China News Service reported. –AP


   
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