At least 16 dead in China as Typhoon Rammasun rips through Hainan

The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in four decades has killed 16 people after claiming at least 94 lives in the Philippines, officials said Saturday. Typhoon Rammasun was blamed for seven deaths and dozens of injuries after hitting Hainan island on Friday off China’s southern coast, the Xinhua News Agency reported. Nine people died later in the Guangxi region as the storm plowed into the mainland on its way north to Vietnam. Wind speeds reached 216 km/h, with the storm knocking down power lines and damaging buildings, Xinhua said.