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December 16, 2010

Vietnam fishing vessel sinks in South China Sea, 27 missing

Vietnam fishing vessel sinks in South China Sea, 27 missing

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Vietnam registered fishing vessel sank Thursday in the South China Sea, leaving at least 27 fishermen missing. Chinese state media and officials have revealed that the vessel capsized and sank in high winds.

Reports reveal that the name of the vessel is “Phu Tan”, however the reports did not state the nationalities of the fishermen. The Phu Tan sank 185 kilometres (115 miles) west of Sanya located in China’s Hainan province.

Both China and Vietnam have sent rescue vessels to assist the fishermen. An officer at the Hainan maritime safety administration was quoted as saying, “We received a message asking for help from the vessel today. It has 27 fishermen on board.” An official from Vietnam’s National Search and Rescue Committee also said, “We just sent our vessels to look for it a few hours ago. This ship belongs to us.” The official also revealed that the ship was a container ship.



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October 21, 2010

Typhoon Megi heads towards China

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Typhoon Megi heads towards China

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

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After devastating the Philippines, Typhoon Megi is heading towards Mainland China and is expected to make landfall on Saturday. The typhoon regained its Super Typhoon status and is expected to make landfall east of Hong Kong and currently has winds of 185 kph (115 mph) with wind gusts up to 235 kph (145 mph).

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Hong Kong hoisted the lowest typhoon alert level and winds in the area are expected to gradually strengthen in the coming days. The China oceanic administration has advised that wave heights of 5–7 meters (16–23 feet) are possible. The ministry of civil affairs and the state disaster relief commission have issued a national disaster warning.

Officials in the resort island of Hainan have suspended train services in and out of the island and brought 2500 fishing boats back to the harbor. Billboards in Sanya are being removed so that there is a lesser threat of danger to pedestrians. In the eastern South China sea oil platforms were evacuated and Asia’s largest oil refiner, Sinopec Corp, has suspended some oil shipments to Hong Kong.



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November 1, 2009

Heavy storm hits Philippines, kills fourteen

Heavy storm hits Philippines, kills fourteen

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Tropical Storm Marinae is heading toward central Vietnam after lashing the central Philippines, where authorities say it killed at least 14 people.

The Philippines National Disaster Coordinating Council said on Sunday that most of the deaths were reported in Camarines Norte province. It added that four people remain missing.

Marinae made landfall over the Philippines on Friday as a typhoon, triggering floods and displacing thousands of people still recovering from storms that hit the country weeks earlier.

Authorities, however, said that the damage from Marinae was less than the three earlier cyclones Ketsana, Parma and Lupit that battered the Philippines from late September to mid-October, killing more than 900 people.

Many areas in the central Philippines remained flooded on Sunday, but that did not stop Filipinos from visiting cemeteries to pay respects to the dead on All Saints Day. Some people visited flooded cemeteries by boat.

Marinae weakened into a tropical storm as it crossed the central Philippines and entered the South China Sea. It is expected to make landfall in central Vietnam on Monday.



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May 18, 2006

Record typhoon Chanchu batters south China

Record typhoon Chanchu batters south China

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Typhoon Chanchu at peak intensity

A powerful typhoon that killed 37 people in the Philippines has hit southern China. Typhoon Chanchu battered coastal Guangdong and Fujian provinces where an estimated 900,000 fled to safety. With winds up to 170 kph, Chanchu is the strongest typhoon on record to enter the South China Sea in May.

Xinhua news agency said 11 people had died in China from the storm and four others were missing. The storm made landfall near Shantou in the northern tip of China’s Guangdong province.

Xinhua reports that Chenchu slammed in Shantou City of Guangdong and continued northward bringing gale-force winds and rainstorms to the regions and triggering flooding, mountain torrents and landslides. Nearly 200 houses in north Shantou were flooded stranding more than 6,400 people.

Typhoons occur in the South China Sea every year between May and September.

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