Storm weakens as it hits Shenzhen

PUBLISHED : Monday, 20 July, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 20 July, 2009, 12:00am

Typhoon Molave, which had left at least five people dead in the Philippines, weakened as it hit Shenzhen yesterday, drenching the region with heavy rain.

The typhoon landed at Nanao town early yesterday, with winds of up to 62km/h, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

Strong gales and heavy rain hit Shenzhen, resulting in the widespread flooding of streets. Otherwise Shenzhen suffered no serious damage, according to Xinhua.

But a live-in worker at an underground railway construction site was reported to have been buried under rubble after a 20 square metre surface section collapsed during the downpour, according to a report. By yesterday afternoon, it was unknown if he had been saved.

In Huizhou city, some 200,000 people were reportedly affected, with economic losses amounting to 200 million yuan (HK$227 million).

Off Shantou , coastal Guangdong, rescuers took 23 sailors from three vessels to safety after they lost power in rough seas.