Typhoon Merbok Caused ¥260 Million in Damage in Guangdong

By Angel Song, June 15, 2017

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According to Guangdong’s Department of Civil Affairs, typhoon Merbok slammed three cities – Huizhou, Shanwei, Meizhou – and 11 counties in the province, affecting a total of 122,000 people. Although there have been no casualties, Merbok caused an estimated loss of 260 million yuan in damage.

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The first typhoon to hit South China this year, Merbok made landfall on Shenzhen's Dapeng Peninsula late at night on June 12. The next day, heavy rains hit the Pearl River Delta – flooding roads and a subway station in Shenzhen – and eastern Guangdong.

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A scene from Shenzhen

About 12,000 people in the province were relocated because of Merbok. The storms also hit 13,000 hectares of farmland and led to the collapse of 32 houses.

According to the Southern Metropolis Daily, the storms brought by Merbok caused widespread power outages affecting 155,000 people. As of June 14, power had been restored for more than 90 percent of them.

[Images via Tianqi.com, WeChat]

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