Sunday, September 25, 2005


Typhoon slams into Chinese island

BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Typhoon slams into Chinese island: "The strongest typhoon in more than 30 years has hit the south Chinese island of Hainan with winds comparable to Hurricane Rita, state media reports.

Typhoon Damrey made landfall at 0400 local time (2000 GMT Sunday) north of Wanning City and is due to sweep the whole of the tropical island on Monday.

Two evacuated villages were swamped by floodwater a metre (yard) deep.

No casualties were reported immediately but it is feared that rice, rubber and banana crops could suffer major damage.

The island was battered by winds of 200km/h (125mph), stronger than the 193km/h (120mph) gusts recorded when Rita made landfall in Texas and Louisiana on Saturda"

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