One person was killed as the strongest typhoon to hit southern Chinese island of Hainan in 40 years made landfall today, after claiming 64 lives and leaving a trail of destruction in neighbouring Philippines.
Typhoon Rammasun shut down the Philippine capital on Wednesday as authorities said the first major storm of the country`s brutal rainy season claimed at least four lives and forced hundreds of thousands to evacuate.
Typhoon Rammasun was set to strike the Bicol region in the east of the country at 6:00 pm (local time), with Manila and other heavily populated areas also expected to be hit early tomorrow, the state weather service said.
Hundreds of flights were cancelled in Japan and more than 500,000 people urged to evacuate as a powerful typhoon brought torrential rain and high winds to southwestern islands and was forecast to reach Tokyo later in the week.
The Philippines said "Thank you" on billboards around the world on Saturday in gratitude for the massive outpouring of international help after a typhoon that killed about 8,000 people three months ago.