Typhoon Mujigae hit China’s southern coast on Sunday with winds recorded at up to 112 miles an hour, killing at least six people and leaving 215 people injured.
As of Monday morning, strong winds and high tides whipped up by the typhoon caught dozens of fishing boats stranded out at sea, leaving 16 fishermen missing in Zhanjiang, the city hardest hit by the strong storm.
Television reports and images circulating on China’s popular social media site Sina Weibo showed flooded streets, trees uprooted and vehicles overturned by the fierce winds.
The typhoon had prompted coastal provinces in southern China to order fishing fleets to stay ashore and to cancel scores of flights and rail services.
Typhoon Mujigae Hits Southern ChinaShortly after bringing downpours, typhoon Mujigae caused several tornadoes throughout coastal areas in South China's Guangdong province, killing at least four people. Strong winds also damaged the power grid, causing blackouts to nearly 2 million in the province.
Typhoon Mujigae made landfall in South China’s Zhanjian city, Guangdong Province around 2 pm Sunday afternoon local time. Images shared on China’s social media platforms showed flooded streets, fallen trees and damaged houses.
Electricity was cut off in many places in Guangdong Province, with over 2.4 million households affected. The electricity regulatory authorities, China Southern Power Grid, said they have sent over 24,000 repair workers to fix the machines.
The typhoon also disrupted plans for thousands of tourists who were travelling during the ongoing week-long holiday in China.
More than 500 tourists were stranded on Fangji Island, a popular scenic spot administered by Guangdong’s Maoming city government. Authorities said all stranded tourists are now safe.
Report by CCTV NEWS
Typhoon Mujigae leaves trail of destruction in South China
Typhoon Mujigae has wreaked havoc in South China, leaving at least seven people dead and over 200 injured. The storm battered Guangdong and Hainan provinces, and the Guangxi region.
The casualties were mostly caused by rare, powerful typhoon-induced tornadoes. Hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated. CCTV’s Jin Yingqiao filed this report.