Typhoon Vicente - Jul 2012
Typhoon Vincent made landfall as a category 4 storm in the Quangdong province in southern China on 24 Jul 2012, killing three people, toppling 300 houses and damaging 13,600 hectares of crops (Xinhua, 24 Jul 2012). In neighboring Guangxi, 400,000 people were affected (Xinhua, 26 Jul 2012). The typhoon weakened quickly into a tropical depression and then into a low pressure zone, causing heavy rainfall in northern Viet Nam, where nine people were killed, mainly due to landslides and drowning (UN Country Team, 27 Jul 2012).
CHANGSHA, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Pests are posing an increasing challenge for the country's major rice-producing areas amid an important harvest year, according to agricultural officials.
The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) held a meeting on pest control with officials from the provinces of Hunan, Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangxi, Guangdong and Sichuan, as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, on Monday in Changsha, capital of Hunan.