Typhoon Lupit whipped SouthEastern China

On 6th August, Typhoon Lupit whipped Southeastern China with gale force winds and torrential rains, triggered evacuation of tens of thousands and recalling of fishing boats and closing of closing of harbours along the coast.

Typhoon Lupit, or "Cruelty" in Tagalog, made landfall in Guangdong province on Thursday, and then again later that day in Fujian province as it forged a northeasterly track. Lupit was downgraded to a tropical depression on Friday, but heavy rain persisted from Macau to the Fujian provincial capital of Fuzhou.

More than 33,000 people in Guangdong had already been taken to safe zones and more than 3,000 fishing boats returned to port, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Neighbouring Fujian, north of Guangdong, evacuated 25,000 people from hazardous areas and recalled 153 fishing boats. A total of 218 harbours and seaside scenic spots were also closed.

Last month, intense storms flooded the central Chinese province of Henan, killing 302. Most of the fatalities were in the provincial capital of Zhengzhou, where the equivalent of nearly a year's rain fell in three days.

Over three days last month, 617.1 mm (24.3 inches) of rain fell in Zhengzhou, nearly equivalent to its annual average of 640.8 mm, causing widespread damage and disruption in a city that is a major transport and industrial hub.

Direct economic losses in Henan reached 114.27 billion yuan ($18 billion), with more than 580,000 hectares of farmland affected.