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05 Oct 2015 description

TC MUJIGAE, known in the Philippines as KABAYAN, formed over the Philippine Sea late on 30 September and started moving towards central Luzon, strengthening into a Tropical Storm. It reached the coasts of Aurora province late in the afternoon (UTC) of 1 October, as a Tropical Storm.

• After the landfall it continued moving northwest over central Luzon, slightly weakening, and it emerged into the South China Sea early on 2 October.

15 Jul 2015 description

PHILIPPINES - Severe weather

• Strong winds and heavy rains have been affecting northern and central Philippines over several days, due to the Southwest Monsoon enhanced by the Tropical Cyclones CHAN-HOM ("FALCON“) and LINFA ("EGAY").
• As of 14 July (NDRRMC), there are 16 dead and over 8,600 families affected in Luzon and Visayas.
• Over the next 24 h more heavy rain and thunderstorms, and possible consequent flash floods and landslides, may still affect some areas of Luzon.

13 Jul 2015 description


Typhoon Chan-Hom made landfall early on 11 Jul in Zhujiajian Township in the island city of Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, as a category 1 typhoon before being downgraded to a tropical storm on 12 Jul. Chan-Hom is decreasing intensity as it moves northeast. Some 1.9 million people in nine cities were affected by the storm, including more than 1.1 million evacuated as a precaution. No casualties are reported.

1.1 million people evacuated

10 Jul 2015 description

Tokyo, Japan | AFP | Saturday 7/11/2015 - 01:49 GMT

Super typhoon Chan-hom barrelled towards eastern China near commercial hub Shanghai on Saturday, prompting the evacuation of more than 865,000 people after earlier lashing Japan's Okinawa island chain and Taiwan.

The powerful storm could be the strongest typhoon to make landfall in Zhejiang province, which borders Shanghai to the south, for the month of July since 1949, China's National Meteorological Centre (NMC) said.

10 Jul 2015 description

Two typhoons in the Philippine Sea and a tropical storm near the China coast near Hong Kong and Macau have the region on alert. From left to right: Tropical Storm Linfa is tracking westward parallel to the coast of China, losing steam as the storm interacts with land. Typhoon Chan-hom is over the Ryukyu Trench south of Okinawa on a track heading northwest toward the China coast north of Wenzhou. A sharp northward turn forecast after landfall could take the center of the storm very near Shanghai.

24 Nov 2014 description


Five people were killed and 54 others injured after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in China's Sichuan Province on 22 Nov, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. A total of 25,000 houses were damaged, affecting about 79,500 people and forcing 6,200 to relocate, according to local authorities. Among the 43 injured, six were in critical condition and another five suffering severe injuries. Eleven medical teams have reached the quake zone, and nearly 10,000 medical and epidemic prevention personnel joined the rescue efforts.

16 Sep 2014 description

09/16/2014 09:39 GMT

by Neil CONNOR

BEIJING, September 16, 2014 (AFP) - A powerful typhoon slammed into southern China Tuesday, swamping ships, grounding flights and forcing thousands -- many of them still recovering from a previous storm -- to leave home.

Typhoon Kalmaegi made landfall on the east coast of Hainan island packing winds of 144 kilometres (89 miles) an hour, the China Meteorological Administration said.

21 Jul 2014 description

Three days after drenching the central Philippines in flooding rains, Typhoon Rammasun smashed into southeastern China and was still headed for northeastern Vietnam early on July 19, 2014. With a name meaning “thunder of God,” Rammasun approached the coast as a category 4 super typhoon and one of the strongest to hit China’s Hainan Province in 41 years.

18 Jul 2014 description


• Typhoon RAMMASUN made landfall in north-eastern Hainan, in the morning of 18 July, UTC. Previously, at 6.00 UTC, its maximum sustained wind speed was 249km/h (a “Super Typhoon” according to China Meteorological Administration - CMA).

• After landfall, RAMMASUN is expected to move north-west, over southern Guangdong and Guangxi provinces, losing some of its intensity, but remaining a Typhoon for the following 24h. Then, it is forecast to move inland, over northeastern Vietnam, weakening further.

18 Jul 2014 description

07/18/2014 13:19 GMT

BEIJING, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in more than 40 years made its second landfall Friday, authorities said, after leaving a trail of destruction and at least 64 dead in the neighbouring Philippines.

Super Typhoon Rammasun hit the city of Zhanjiang in south China's Guangdong province Friday night, local meteorological authorities said, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

17 Jul 2014 description

07/18/2014 03:56 GMT

BEIJING, July 18, 2014 (AFP) - China on Friday braced for a powerful super typhoon heading for its southern coast after the storm left a trail of destruction and at least 40 dead in the neighbouring Philippines.

China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) said Super Typhoon Rammasun was on course to hit Hainan island and Guangdong province late in the afternoon.

The outer bands of the storm lashed Hong Kong overnight with heavy rain and strong winds but the city was spared a direct hit as the typhoon veered west towards Hainan.

11 Nov 2013 description

11/11/2013 09:01 GMT

BEIJING, November 11, 2013 (AFP) - At least six people died after Typhoon Haiyan slashed across China's south coast and damaged hundreds of homes, state-run media said Monday.

Three pedestrians were hit by falling walls or advertising hoardings in the southern island province of Hainan, a local newspaper said. One drowned in the neighbouring Guangxi Zhuang region, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

13 Oct 2013 description
report Xinhua

BEIJING, Oct. 12 (Xinhua) -- A level three emergency response has been initiated to prevent damage by the approaching Typhoon Nari, the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said on Saturday.

Nari is the 25th typhoon to hit China this year and is expected to cross the Xisha Islands on Oct. 14 and Hainan Island on Oct. 15. The storm packs maximum sustained winds of 120 km per hour near its center and may produce gusts of up to 150 km per hour.

The National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center has issued a yellow alert ahead of Typhoon Nari.

25 Sep 2013 description

Over the past four days, Typhoon Usagi, one of the most powerful typhoons to strike the Asia Pacific this year, has brought heavy rains, flash floods and landslides to the Philippines and China, claiming the lives of over 50 people.

In the Philippines, continuous rains since Sunday prompted the evacuation of thousands of families as floodwaters submerged houses in parts of Bataan and Zambales provinces. To date, 33 people have been killed as a result of floods and landslides, while hundreds were left stranded on rooftops.

12 Sep 2013 description

By J. Jackson Ewing and Zhang Hongzhou


After decades of near self-sufficiency, China is becoming the world’s largest importer of rice. What does this mean for greater Asia?


CHINA IS on track to overtake Nigeria as the world’s largest rice importer by late 2013. Once a major rice exporter, China is now taking a position in the rice market that many have predicted and some lamented: that of an importing behemoth with a voracious appetite. This shift will likely impact regional food security calculations for decades to come.