Over 5.5 million people affected by largest typhoon to hit China in 40 years

The Red Cross Society of China deployed emergency teams and mobilised relief supplies to help communities battered by Super Typhoon Rammasun, described as the severest storm to hit the country in more than 40 years.

Chinese authorities said at least 17 people died and more than 5.57 million people are affected by the typhoon, which swept across the tropical island province of Hainan and brought torrential rains and violent winds as it crossed over to Guangdong and Guangxi provinces on the mainland. In the worst-affected province, Hainan, officials said more than 51,000 houses were destroyed.

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