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Typhoon Rammasun kills more than 100 in China and Philippines

By Joshua Berlinger, CNN
updated 11:42 PM EDT, Sat July 19, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • At least 16 people are dead, thousands of structures destroyed
  • Rammasun hit Guangdong, Hainan and Guangxi
  • It's the strongest typhoon to hit southern China in over four decades
  • The storm struck the Philippines earlier in the week, killing at least 94 people

(CNN) -- The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed at least 16 people in the region after leaving scores dead in the Philippines.

Strong winds and rain from Super Typhoon Rammasun hit dozens of southern coastal cities in the provinces of Guangdong and Hainan and the region of Guangxi, affecting more than 3 million people, the Chinese state news agency Xinhua reported Saturday.

The powerful storm made landfall on the island province of Hainan about 1:30 p.m. Friday after veering west, according to the China Meteorological Administration.

Planes were grounded in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi, stranding 1,300 passengers, Xinhua said, and train service between Nanning and coastal cities was suspended.

Typhoon Rammasun makes landfall in China
Typhoon Rammasun now category 5

Rammasun struck the Philippines earlier in the week, killing at least 94 people and displacing more than half a million, according to the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

Most of the victims died after being hit by falling trees, collapsed structures or flying debris. Others drowned or were killed in landslides, the Philippines News Agency reported.

The typhoon, known locally as "Glenda," made landfall near Legazpi City on the country's east coast late Tuesday and barreled past the capital Manila.

After weakening during its passage across the Philippines, the storm gained strength again over the South China Sea, rising rapidly from a Category 1 storm to a Category 5, as it made its way to China.

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