Typhoon Fanapi brings worst rains to south China

Typhoon Fanapi, the 11th and strongest typhoon to hit China this year, has brought the heaviest rains in a century to the southern Guangdong Province, triggering landslides in some cities.

Fanapi, which landed in coastal Fujian Province, southeast China Monday, wreaked havoc in Fujian and Guangdong before it weakened into a low pressure system at 5 a.m. Tuesday.

The typhoon packed torrential rain in most parts of Guangdong Province in the 24 hours from 9 a.m. Monday to 9 a.m. Tuesday. The average precipitation topped 100 millimeters, the worst in 100 years, the provincial weather bureau said in a statement.

It said precipitation totaled 550 mm in 24 hours in the worst-hit Shuangyao Township in Yangchun City.

Heavy rain triggered floods and landslides in Maoming City, where more than 8,000 people were evacuated, although no deaths or injuries were reported.