China's typhoon toll rises to 46 dead, 25 missing

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People gather at the waterfront of Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor Thursday, July 17, 2014. The Observatory has issued the strong wind signal No.3 as Typhoon Rammasun moves across the South China Sea towards western Guangdong and Hainan. The typhoon has left at least 40 dead in the Philippines, where it uprooted trees and downed electrical posts Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Star Ferry sails across Hong Kong's Victoria Harbor in rain Thursday, July 17, 2014. The Observatory has issued the strong wind signal No.3 as Typhoon Rammasun moves across the South China Sea towards western Guangdong and Hainan. The typhoon has left at least 40 dead in the Philippines, where it uprooted trees and downed electrical posts Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Boxes of tents and other relief material from China wait to be transported to the typhoon-hit areas, at Tacloban airport, in Tacloban, in Leyte province in central Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons to make a landfall this year, battered central Philippines Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Boxes of tents and other relief material from China wait to be transported to the affected areas as a South Korean Air Force C-130 cargo plane prepare to take in typhoon survivors at Tacloban airport in Tacloban, in Leyte province in central Philippines Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful typhoons to make a landfall this year, battered central Philippines Nov. 8, leaving a wide swath of destruction.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) People walk in a flooded street on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) Cars make their way through a flooded street on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) Trees are blown down by typhoon Rammasun on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) Citizens catch fish which landed on the street after typhoon Rammasun on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) A car makes its way through a flooded street on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) Cars and people make their way through a flooded street on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) A man carrying a woman walks in a flooded street on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) A tree is blown down by typhoon Rammasun on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) People walk in flooded street on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) An outdoor billboard is blown down by typhoon Rammasun on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 19: (CHINA OUT) People ride motorcycles in a flooded street on July 19, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HAIKOU, CHINA - JULY 18: (CHINA OUT) A man is blown down by typhoon Rammasun on July 18, 2014 in Haikou, Hainan Province of China. Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Hainan Island on on Friday afternoon packing winds of up to 216 km per hour and bringing torrential rain. Rammasun might be the strongest typhoon to hit Hainan in 40 years. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress) (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
People walk under the rain in front of the Hong Kong skyline during a thunderstorm caused by Typhoon Rammasun on July 18, 2014. China on July 18 braced for a powerful super typhoon heading for its southern coast after the storm left a trail of destruction and at least 54 dead in the neighbouring Philippines. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Maintanence workers put up a collapsed fence on a street as typhoon Rammasun brings torrential rains and strong wind to the area in Beihai, south China's Guangxi province on July 19, 2014. The strongest typhoon to hit southern China in more than 40 years, super typhoon Rammasun, made its second landfall on July 18, authorities said, after leaving a trail of destruction and at least 64 dead in the neighbouring Philippines. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A man takes pictures of Hong Kong's skyline while thunderstorms build up as Typhoon Rammasun edges closer on July 17, 2014. The typhoon killed at least 13 people across the Philippines and cut power for millions. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman looks at Hong Kong's skyline while thunderstorms build up as Typhoon Rammasun edges closer on July 17, 2014. The typhoon killed at least 13 people across the Philippines and cut power for millions. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Tourists take pictures in front of the Hong Kong skyline while thunderstorms build up as Typhoon Rammasun edges closer on July 17, 2014. The typhoon killed at least 13 people across the Philippines and cut power for millions. AFP PHOTO / Philippe Lopez (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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BEIJING (AP) - The death toll from the strongest typhoon to slam into China's south in decades has risen to 46, with 25 other people still missing, the government said Tuesday.

The Civil Affairs Ministry said Typhoon Rammasun caused floods, hail showers and mudslides since it made landfall Friday. The storm destroyed tens of thousands of homes, damaged roads and ports and cut electricity and water supplies in southern Chinese cities.

It was the strongest typhoon to hit southern China in 41 years, with wind speeds reaching 216 kilometers per hour (130 mph), according to the China Meteorological Administration. It also caused 94 deaths in the Philippines and at least 11 in Vietnam.

A second storm, Typhoon Matmo, with sustained winds of 139 kph (85 mph) was approaching Taiwan and forecast to hit its east-central coast Wednesday morning. Torrential rains, exceeding 20 centimeters (7.8 inches) over 24 hours, were forecast for virtually the entire island.



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