Photos: Typhoon Usagi Hit Southern China, 25 Killed

Typhoon Usagi  slammed into southern China on Sunday evening. 

Nanfang Daily reported that the typhoon made a landfall at 7:40 p.m. yesterday in Shanwei city, in Guangdong province after veered away from Hong Kong at the last minute.

Australia Network News reported that at least twenty-five people were killed on the China’s southern coast, including thirteen in Shanwei which is in the eastern fringes of Guangdong province. 

The typhoon brings very strong wind, storm surge and heavy rains that could cause flooding and landslides.

Xinhua reported that in Shanwei city, the strong winds blew cars off the road near a gas station and houses were toppled.

Flights to and from Hong Kong and three mainland airports were canceled.

Ferry services around the area were also canceled, while Fujian province suspended shipping between mainland China and Taiwan.

Xinhua reported that intercity trains including the high-speed rail to Beijing, Shenzhen and Hong Kong would remain suspended until Tuesday.

Thousands of people were evacuated from coastal areas and temporary shelters were opened.

Hong Kong delayed the opening of markets, banks and schools.

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. said it scrapped morning trading today.

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World’s Longest Bullet Train Line Opens In China

Associated Press/Xinhua, Chen Yehua - In this photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, a bullet train G80 leaves for Beijing from the Guangzhou South Railway Station in Guangzhou, capital of south China's Guangdong Province, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. China has opened the world's longest high-speed rail line, which runs 2,298 kilometers (1,428 miles) from the country's capital in the north to Guangzhou, an economic hub in the Pearl River delta in southern China. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Chen Yehua)
Associated Press/Xinhua, Chen Yehua – In this photo released by China’s Xinhua news agency, a bullet train G80 leaves for Beijing from the Guangzhou South Railway Station in Guangzhou, capital of south China’s Guangdong Province, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. China has opened the world’s longest high-speed rail line, which runs 2,298 kilometers (1,428 miles) from the country’s capital in the north to Guangzhou, an economic hub in the Pearl River delta in southern China. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Chen Yehua)

On Wednesday, China opened the world’s longest high-speed rail line.

The opening of the 2,298 kilometer (1,428 mile)-line was commemorated by the 9 a.m. departure of a train from Beijing for Guangzhou.

Another train left Guangzhou for Beijing an hour later.

Now it takes only half of the time to travel from Beijing to Guangzhou.

Photos: Storms Kill 20 In China

The heaviest rain storm in six decades to hit the Chinese capital killed at least 10 people and caused widespread chaos, flooding streets and stranding 80,000 people at the city’s main airport.
The storm, which started on Saturday afternoon and continued late into the night, flooded major roads and sent torrents of water tumbling down steps into underpasses. REUTERS

At least 20 people were killed in landslides, electric shocks, struck by lightning and other flood related causes due to very heavy storm rains that hit China.

On Saturday, July 21, 2012, the Chinese capital of Beijing received the heaviest rain in 60 years!

At least 10 people were killed by the disaster in Beijing.

Major roads were flooded and about 80,000 people were stranded at the Beijing’s Capital International Airport.

A taxi driver walks away after his car was stranded in a flooded street following a heavy rain in Beijing Saturday, July 21, 2012. The torrential downpour Saturday night left low-lying streets flooded and knocked down trees. (AP Photo)
A primary school student in military uniform stands on a stool as he looks for his belongings in the mud after a flood caused by heavy rainfalls, at a military school in Fangshan district of Beijing July 22, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
Residents push a stranded car on a flooded street amid heavy rainfalls in Beijing, July 21, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
Residents look at a stranded car on a flooded street amid heavy rainfalls in Beijing, July 21, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
A driver points to his car which has been stranded for half an hour on a flooded street amid heavy rainfalls in Beijing, July 21, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
Flood water falls down a stairway as residents get out of the entrance to a subway station amid heavy rainfalls in Beijing, July 21, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer
Workers hold their hands to look for a sewage outfall on a flooded street amid heavy rainfalls in Beijing, July 21, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer