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Dozens die in rains, flooding in China

Beijing, Aug 18 (EFE).- Dozens of people have died in recent heavy rains and flooding in northeastern China and in the passage of Typhoon Utor across the southern part of the country, and the flooding and landslides have affected millions of people, the official Xinhua news agency reported Sunday. The worst flooding in decades has killed 37 people, with 32 others missing, and tens of thousands of residents have been evacuated in the country's three northern provinces: Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning.

158,000 Evacuated in southern China due to typhoon's arrival

Beijing, Aug 14 (EFE).- Authorities in several towns and cities in the southern provinces of Canton and Hainan evacuated more than 158,000 people prior to the arrival of Typhoon Utor, which made landfall Wednesday afternoon, China's official Xinhua news agency said. The majority of the evacuees are from towns on the island of Hainan, while 60,000 more are residents of the Canton city of Maoming, which probably will be the urban area most affected by the storm.

Cargo ship sinks in Typhoon Utor off Hong Kong

Helicopter rescue teams saved 21 crew members from a cargo ship that sank off Hong Kong Wednesday after Severe Typhoon Utor caused waves of up to 15 metres (50 feet), officials said. The crew abandoned ship as the 190 metre-long bulk carrier Trans Summer sank 80 kilometres (50 miles) southwest of Hong Kong, the city's Flying Services said. dca-at/jms/st

Cargo ship sinks in Typhoon Utor off Hong Kong

A 190-metre long cargo ship sank off Hong Kong Wednesday in waves of up to 15 metres (50 feet) caused by Typhoon Utor, with all 21 crew members rescued by helicopter, officials said. The crew abandoned ship as the bulk carrier Trans Summer tipped on its side and sank 80 kilometres (50 miles) southwest of Hong Kong, Samuel Yip of the city's Flying Services said. Yip, a pilot who took part in the rescue operation, said they were called at 10.39am (0239 GMT) and found some crew on life rafts while others were floating in the water.

Cargo ship sinks in strong typhoon off Hong Kong

Helicopter teams helped save all 21 crew from a cargo ship that sank off Hong Kong Wednesday in a powerful typhoon that generated waves of up to 15 metres (50 feet), officials said. The crew abandoned the 190-metre-long ship as the bulk carrier Trans Summer tipped on its side and sank 80 kilometres (50 miles) southwest of Hong Kong, Samuel Yip of the city's Flying Services said.

Hong Kong battens down for Severe Typhoon Utor

Hong Kong battened down Wednesday as Severe Typhoon Utor forced the closure of the city's financial market and schools and disrupted hundreds of flights, after leaving six dead in the Philippines. Gusts of more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) per hour were recorded, with rain lashing down, as the Hong Kong Observatory hoisted a "Number 8" storm warning in the early hours -- the third highest level. As the typhoon skirted the city about 240 kilometres to the southwest, the observatory downgraded the warning in the afternoon to "Number 3", indicating strong winds.

Hong Kong closes offices, halts ferries while typhoon passes on way to Chinese mainland

HONG KONG - Hong Kong has closed offices and transportation services as a typhoon passes by the Asian financial centre. The stock market in the southern Chinese territory was closed Wednesday morning. Flights were cancelled and bus and ferry services were curtailed as Typhoon Utor approached. Winds gusted up to 139 kilometres an hour (86 miles an hour). The centre of the storm was about expected to skirt around 250 kilometres (155 miles) southwest of Hong Kong before hitting southern China's Guangdong province. One person in Hong Kong was reported injured.

Typhoon Utor leaves 1 dead, 23 missing in Philippines

The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year flattened houses and triggered landslides in remote towns Monday, killing at least one person and leaving 23 others missing, authorities said. With wind gusts of 200 kilometres (124 miles) an hour, authorities said they feared many people may have died as Typhoon Utor swept across coastal and mountainous regions of the northern Philippines.

Philippines battered by year's strongest typhoon; nine missing

MANILA (Reuters) - The year's most powerful typhoon slammed into the Philippines on Monday, triggering landslides and floods, cutting power and communications and leaving 9 fishermen missing, weather and disaster officials said. Typhoon Utor, packing winds of 140 km per hour (87 mph) near its center and gusts of up to 170 km per hour, weakened slightly after hitting the country's north and is moving slowly west-northwest at 19 km per hour, the officials said.

23 missing as Typhoon Utor hits Philippines

Twenty-three people were missing Monday as Typhoon Utor struck the Philippines, with the strongest storm of the year dumping heavy rains in remote mountain villages and the densely populated capital. All of those missing were fishermen who went to sea on the east coast of the main island of Luzon, where Utor approached over the weekend, the national disaster agency chief said. The Philippines is battered by an average of 20 typhoons or storms a year, many of them deadly.
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