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).
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United States Embassy, Beijing
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Beijing — Since January, severe flooding caused by torrential rainfall and a series of typhoons has affected more than 205 million people in all but a few of China’s provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions.
As Typhoon Vicente is moving away from Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Observatory replaced the No 8 Southeast Gale or Storm Signal, issued at 3.35am, by the No. 3 Strong Wind Signal at 10.10am today (July 24).
Service of public transport has gradually resumed normal.
According to the Hospital Authority, as at 9.30am, a total of 129 people, including 56 males and 73 females, aged between 4 and 86, have sought medical treatment at the Accident and Emergency Departments at public hospitals. Seventy-two of them were admitted.