Typhoon Fanapi Brings Worst Rains in Century to South China's Province

Typhoon Fanapi has brought the heaviest rains in a century to China’s southern province of Guangdong, triggering landslides in some cities, the official Xinhua News Agency reported today.

Fanapi, which landed in coastal Fujian province on Monday, wreaked havoc in Fujian and Guangdong before it weakened into a low pressure system at 5 a.m. today, Xinhua said.

Heavy rain triggered floods and landslides in Maoming City in Guangdong, where more than 8,000 people were evacuated, Xinhua said. No deaths or injuries were reported, it said.

The storm knocked out phone lines and flooded streets, destroying a bridge in city, according to weather.com.cn, a website under the China Meteorological Administration.

In Fujian Province, six counties reported more than 200 millimeters (7.9 inches) of rain in 23 hours after the typhoon made landfall Monday morning, Xinhua said. Rain continued in Xiamen, Zhangzhou, Quanzhou and Longyan cities today, the report said.

Fanapi swept across Taiwan over the weekend, downing electric lines, forcing evacuations and closing offices, airports and ground transport. Two people were killed and 107 were hurt, the National Fire Agency said in a statement today.

Taiwan’s agricultural losses reached NT$3.4 billion ($107 million), the Council of Agriculture said in a statement on its website today.

To contact the news staff on this story: Jing Jin in Shanghai at Jjin32@bloomberg.net

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