(DailyDig.com) – After causing fatal landslides in the Philippines and delivering extreme weather that caused a ferry to capsize, killing at least 26 people, Typhoon Doksuri finally came ashore in China.
A week of storms throughout the Philippines’ major island of Luzon claimed the lives of 39 people. At least thirteen individuals have been reported dead and many more homeless as a result of Doksuri’s attack, with deaths attributable mostly to falling trees and landslides. Four members of the coast guard, who were on a rescue operation when their boat capsized in the devastated province of Cagayan, were among the more than 20 people still missing.
At its height, the storm knocked out electricity throughout the archipelago, halted maritime traffic, and forced the cancellation of school and work. In addition, authorities were keeping an eye on another potential storm.
After wreaking havoc in the northern Philippines, Doksuri recovered its super typhoon power and headed towards south-eastern China. Social media and mobile message alerts have helped China be ready for the typhoon.
After wreaking havoc in areas of Taiwan, particularly the Penghu Island group (commonly known as the Pescadores), the storm barreled through the province on July 28 to the East of Fujian.
There was a complete shutdown of transportation in Fujian; hundreds of ships went back to their respective ports, and over 400 thousand people were evacuated to safety. The public was told to remain indoors and that summer schools and businesses would be shut down.
Videos showing automobiles being washed into tree trunks by floodwaters in the Chinese metropolis of Luzhou, in the Sichuan province, have gone viral on Chinese social media. Some coastal areas of Zhejiang province, to the north of Fujian, have also seen the grounding of passenger boats and vessels used for fishing.
A sports stadium in Quanzhou had its roof partly ripped off, but no casualties were reported at the time.
Most typhoons weaken as they move inland from the coast in southeast China’s hilly interior; however, they can remain in places while dropping torrential rain.
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