The death toll from Typhoon Saola rose on Friday to 42 in the Philippines and Taiwan as the now-tropical storm and Typhoon Damrey made landfall in China, where more than 300,000 people were evacuated.
The Philippines recorded 37 deaths in floods and accidents caused by Saola’s torrential rains and strong winds, the Office of Civil Defence said. Four people were missing and feared dead. Taiwan residents spent Friday by cleaning up storm damage and returning to work, a day after Saola slammed into the island, packing winds of up to 155 kilometres per hour (kph), dumping 1.8 metres of rain and killing five people.
Saola weakened into a tropical storm before making landfall on Friday morning in Fuding in China’s south—eastern province of Fujian with winds of 90 kph at its centre, China’s official Xinhua news agency reported.DPA