Typhoon Rammasun death toll rises to 16 in China

China’s death toll from typhoon Rammasun rose to 16 on Sunday after the strongest storm in four decades buffeted large areas of 15 southern provinces.

The typhoon left at least 89 dead in the Philippines before it swept across the South China Sea to hit China’s southern island province of Hainan and nearby areas of Guangdong and Guangxi provinces on Friday and Saturday.

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At least 100,000 people were evacuated and more than 3.3 million people were affected by the typhoon in southern China, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

The storm caused widespread damage to power lines, telecommunications networks, roads and other infrastructure, hampering rescue work, the Ministry and state media reported.

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