• CHINA TYPHOON DEATH TOLL RISES TO 17

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    BEIJING: The death toll from the strongest storm to hit China in decades has reached 17, state media said on Sunday, as forecasters issued warnings of more extreme weather. Typhoon Rammasun has left eight people dead in the island province of Hainan and another nine in Guangxi, official news agency Xinhua reported. At least two people are missing, Xinhua added citing local authorities, as the strongest typhoon to hit south China since 1973 headed north. State media said on Saturday evening that eight people had been killed in the storm. Television pictures on Sunday showed waterlogged roads and heavy rain in the southwestern province of Yunnan. Online pictures showed uprooted trees, destroyed crops and deserted, rain-soaked streets across much of southern China. The typhoon first made landfall in China on Friday afternoon as a super typhoon, packing winds exceeding 200 kilometers (124 miles) an hour.

    AFP

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