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Yyphoon Rammasun kills eight in China

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Beijing, July 19 (IANS) Typhoon Rammasun has killed eight people in south China since Friday afternoon, officials said Saturday.

Five people were killed and 99 injured in Hainan Province since the typhoon’s first landfall at Wenchang City Friday, Xinhua reported.

Two people in Beihai, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, were killed and three people have been taken to a local hospital in a critical condition.

In Fangchenggang Saturday, a tower crane fell, killing one perso

on the site and injuring two.

Rammasun, believed to be the strongest to hit south China in 41 years, made its third landfall in Guangpo, Fangchenggang City, Guangxi, at 7.10 a.m. Saturday.

Heavy winds and rains have struck a number of coastal cities in Guangxi since Saturday.

In Beihai, fallen trees and powerlines have blocked major roads and have damaged buildings, with roofs blown away.

The typhoon paralysed the power network in the city.

In Fangchenggang, roads are strewn with garbage and trees. Gas stations are temporarily closed.

By 10.30 a.m., a total of 58 inbound and outbound flights at Nanning Wuxu International Airport were cancelled.

Train services between Nanning and coastal cities have been suspended.

In Guangdong, where the typhoon made a second landfall at Zhanjiang City at 7.30 p.m. Friday, more than 14,800 people have been relocated.

Losses are estimated at 247 million yuan ($39.5 million).

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