4 Killed, 3.11 Million Evacuated As Typhoon Mangkhut Lashes China

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Typhoon Mangkhut, barreled into the coast of Guangdong province in China, killing at least four people and forcing the evacuation of over 3.11 million people

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Typhoon Mangkhut, which was one of the most powerful tropical storms to hit the Chinese mainland in 2018, barreled into the coast of Guangdong province killing at least four persons and forcing the evacuation of over 3.11 million people in the southern region after leaving a trail of death and destruction from the Philippines to Hong Kong. As per reports, 64 people were hacked to death in the Philippines. Mangkhut landed at 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 16, 2018, on the coast of Jiangmen city in Guangdong province, packing winds up to 162 km per hour, according to the provincial meteorological station.

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Three people were killed when trees fell on them in Guangzhou, the provincial capital, while another person died from collapsing construction materials in the city of Dongguan, Guangdong's disaster relief authorities said. As per reports, more than 3.11 million people had been relocated and over 49,000 fishing boats were called back to port in the province, on Monday, September 17, 2018.  

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Work has been suspended at more than 29,000 construction sites and 640 tourist spots were closed which includes airports of Guangzhou and Shenzhen. All high-speed train services and some normal-speed rail services have been suspended in Guangdong and Hainan provinces. 

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The storm was still raging across southern China's coast and the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, and Hainan. As per the reports, rain and strong winds were expected to continue throughout Tuesday. Mangkhut made landfall in western Guangdong on Sunday afternoon before moving into neighboring Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, bringing with it torrential rains and gales. Though the worst appears to have passed for Guangdong province, local meteorological authorities warned residents to remain alert for floods and landslides in Guangxi.

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