03 August, 2006

Southern China hit by new typhoon

Typhoon Prapiroon has hit southern China, bringing with it heavy winds and rain that have forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. The storm hit the coast of Guangdong province at 1920 local time (1120 GMT), Chinese media said. Severe flooding and landslides are expected as Typhoon Prapiroon, which has already killed six people in the Philippines, passes over.

The region has been hard hit by typhoons this season. More than 600 people died when Typhoon Bilis hit six southern provinces last month. Prapiroon - meaning "God of Rain" in Thai - made landfall near Yangjiang city in Guangdong province, China Central Television said. The storm is expected to pound the region overnight as it moves north-west towards Guangxi and Guizhou provinces.

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