25 killed as super typhoon Usagi batters south China

Typhoon UsagiSoldiers rescue trapped residents at Subic township, Zambales province, following flooding due to heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Usagi. (AP)

Super typhoon Usagi killed at least 25 people after it pounded south China's Guangdong Province with torrential rain and winds that blew cars off the road, crippled power lines and threw transport systems into chaos.

Typhoon Usagi - which meteorologists say was the world's most powerful storm this year - hit Guangdong province northeast of Hong Kong yesterday with torrential rain and winds of up to 165 kmph, prompting the highest level of alert from the National Meteorological Center.

At least 25 people were killed in the province, officials

said on Monday. Thirteen deaths were reported in Shanwei City, where 24 others were injured in accidents during the storm.

Schools and air, railway and shipping traffic remained

suspended on Monday in 14 cities in Guangdong, including the provincial capital of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Zhuhai, as well as neighbouring Hong Kong and Macao.

Usagi - Japanese for rabbit - was designated a super typhoon on Saturday after it passed through the Philippines and Taiwan, moving toward China's mainland.

Although its power weakened yesterday, the storm's winds still reached a speed of 45 metres per second at its eye upon landfall in Shanwei at 7:40 pm on Sunday.

Usagi has devastated the eastern part of Guangdong, with trees blown down and water and electricity supply cut off in several counties in Shanwei, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

As the rain stopped today, local residents were mobilised to help clean up debris and branches on roads to ease traffic.

The provincial flood control headquarters said the typhoon

has caused sea water encroachment in coastal areas, river

overflow and landslides in rural regions.

The National Disaster Reduction Commission and the Ministry of Civil Affairs dispatched expert teams to typhoon-hit regions to help disaster relief work. The local disaster relief office has also dispatched work teams to affected areas.

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