21 dead from Typhoon Soudelor

Posted by on Monday, August 10, 2015
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"Soudelor 2015-08-04 0410Z" by MODIS image captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite - Rapid Response - LANCE.

So far at least 21 are confirmed dead and 405 people are missing after Typhoon Soudelor, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Hanna, slammed into southeastern China and Taiwan.

In the eastern Chinese cities of Wenzhou and Lishui the storm killed 14 people. Heavy rain caused mudslides and houses collapsed.

While over the ocean the storm gained super typhoon status. Winds were gusting to 290 km/h. Thankfully the storm weakened to a tropical before landfall. However some areas of Taiwan got over 1000 mm of rain in less than two days.
Prior to the storms arrival nearly 200,000 people were moved to higher ground. The military had been deployed to move people to safer ground.

Back on July 29, the JMA reported that a tropical depression had developed, about 1,800 km to the east of Hagåtña, Guam.

Damage is estimated at $1.38 billion (2015 USD).



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