Storms Batter China, 18 Killed: State Media

From AFP:

Torrential rains left at least 18 dead in China, including a Briton, and 17 missing, as Hagupit pounded the south and another storm battered the quake-hit southwest, state media said Thursday.

Ten people were confirmed dead in southern Guangdong province and Guangxi Zhuang region, where Hagupit toppled 18,500 houses, destroyed crops and brought reservoirs to the brink of overflowing, Xinhua news agency reported.

The 52-year-old British chief engineer on a freighter owned by Danish company Maersk died after being injured when his ship was caught in the near Xiamen late Tuesday, said Kate Sanderson, a Maersk spokeswoman in London.

He broke his back and legs as the ship was tossed in the storm, she added.

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