Tropical Storm Saola (Gener) turned into a typhoon on 30 Jul 2012. It did not strike the Philippines directly, but exacerbated a low pressure area in the vicinity, bringing several days of heavy continuous rains to large parts of the country (AFP, 30, Jul 2012). As of 2 Aug, 26 people were killed and over 16,000 took shelter in 73 evacuation centers (Government, 2 Aug 2012). By 6 Aug, the death toll rose to 51 as rain continued to pour, even after Saola moved north, causing dams to overflow and forcing more people to flee their homes (AFP, 6 Aug 2012).
Typhoon Saola pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and torrential rain that left four people dead and forced nearly the entire island to shut down on 2 Aug 2012 (AFP, 02 Aug 2012).
Strong tropical storm Saola, weakening from a typhoon, lashed coastal regions in east China and made landfall in Fuding city of southeastern province of Fujian on 03 Aug 2012, forcing over 300,000 people to evacuate. (Xinhua, 03 Aug 2012) As of 8 August, 25 people had been confirmed dead and nine remained missing due to heavy rains in 20 counties and districts in central China's Hubei province. Rainstorms and rain-triggered mudslides destroyed nearly 9,708 houses and damaged at least 36,726 others. Over 135,000 local residents have been forced to relocate or are in grave need of daily necessities. (IFRC, 10 Aug 2012)