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China Hammered by Second Typhoon in Two Weeks

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:15:14 +0000

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(BEIJING) -- The powerful typhoon Matmo slammed in China’s southeastern coastal province of Fujian Wednesday as China was still recovering from typhoon Rammasun, which killed dozens earlier this month.

Matmo, with sustained winds of 85 mph, brought heavy rains, downed trees and threatened landslides.

According to the official Xinhua News Agency, the category-two typhoon will lead to 300 millimeters of rainfall in Shanghai. The nearby Zhejiang and Anhui Province will also be impacted.

Matmo --  the first typhoon to make landfall on Taiwan in 2014 -- tore through Taiwan earlier Wednesday and is blamed for two deaths and one missing person.

It's the second typhoon to hit China in less than two weeks after Typhoon Rammasun rampaged across the Philippines, China and Vietnam.

Rammasun, the strongest typhoon to hit southern China in 41 years, left 46 dead in China and another 25 missing.

China's Fujian Province has around 37 million people, only slightly less than California. The population of Zhejiang beats Fujian by about another 20 million.

In preparation for the typhoon, authorities in eastern Zhejiang province ordered fishing boats to return to port and hastened the harvesting of ripe crops, Xinhua said.

The typhoon is expected to alleviate the scorching heat in southern China. Xinlangningbolvxing, an account that posts tourism information about Ningbo city in Zhejiang province, took an optimistic view. “Too hot, isn’t it? Here is good news,” the account posted, “Zhejiang will fall under the influence of Matmo tomorrow. At least it will be cool with the rain and wind, no?”

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