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Typhoon threatens more chaos in China

Typhoon Chanthu sent debris flying through the air in southern China today, bringing rain that could aggravate the country’s worst floods in a decade.

No casualties have been reported so far from Chanthu, which was upgraded from a tropical storm yesterday. Authorities urged residents in Guangdong province to stay indoors as winds reached up to 110km/h.

The storm comes as China grapples with severe flooding that has left more than 701 people dead and 347 missing so far this year, according to the flood prevention agency. The death toll is the highest since 1998, when more than 4,000 people died. Damages are in the tens of billions of pounds.

In Guangdong, floods have killed more than a dozen people and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands, the state-run Xinhua News Agency has said. Landslides triggered by heavy rains crushed homes and floods have wiped out crops across the province since June.

Chanthu reached Leizhou city in Guangdong early today and was rumbling north along the coast of Guangdong’s southern tip, China’s Meteorological Administration said. The storm was expected to travel further inland toward the Guangxi region later in the day, the administration said.

State broadcaster CCTV showed intense winds tossing around large pieces of debris and objects such as pipes and shingles in Maoming prefecture. Two people were killed in southern China last week by falling debris from Typhoon Conson.

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