Government sources now say 18 people have died as a result of super typhoon Rammasun, reports the Guardian. Nine of the victims are from Hainan, with the rest reported in Guangxi.
Rammasun is the strongest typhoon to hit China in 41 years with wind speeds of over 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles per hour). Flights were grounded in Nanning, Guangxi, with some 1,300 passengers stranded. Nanning also suspended train service to other coastal cities.
In Hainan Province alone, some 3.2 million people were affected by the disaster, a number that represents 37.6% of the province’s entire population.
Rammasun killed 94 people in the Philippines, as well. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there will be any reprieve: a new typhoon named Matmo is currently gaining strength and threatens to cause more destruction along a similar path.