The strongest typhoon to hit south China in 40 years brought 130 mph winds, rain, and floods to several of China’s southern provinces over the last weekend. Typhoon Rammasun displaced over 10 million people in Yunnan, Hainan, Guangdong, and Guangxi Zhuang according to a official ministry statement.
Hot on its heels is Typhoon Matma, landing on the mainland from Taiwan on Wednesday, and sweeping across already flooded southeastern coastal areas.
Bullet trains have been cancelled from Shanghai to coastal cities, “Fuzhou and Xiamen in southeastern China’s Fujian Province, and Shenzhen in the southern province of Guangdong,” reported Ecsn.cn news.
“A total of 22 bullet trains scheduled to depart from or pass through the Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station were canceled Thursday due to the influence of Typhoon Matmo, the railway authority said. This follows 19 cancellations on Wednesday,” according to Ecsn.cn.
The death toll from Rammasun as of Tuesday had risen to 46 with 25 additional people missing. The economic impact of typhoon Rammasun was also devastating, causing 4.32 billion dollars worth of damages in southern China alone.
Crop yields were also widely affected, as the State Flood Control and Drought Relief headquarters reported that over 468,500 hectares of crops were destroyed along with 37,000 homes.
The typhoon has severely affected other areas in Asia. In the Philippines, 94 were killed, 350,000 had to evacuate their homes, and Taiwan was also affected by the typhoon with heavy wind, rain, property damage, and deaths.
The typhoon continued its path into China this week and caused additional damage, though it got weaker as it moved farther away from the ocean.