A typhoon that swept across the Philippines killed at least 40 people, leaving emergency services endeavouring to locate at least eight missing people. This latest natural disaster comes after Typhoon Haiyan (Typhoon Yolanda) last November – the strongest storm ever recorded at landfall – which killed more than 5,000 and made 1.9 million homeless. This latest typhoon destroyed around 7,000 houses and damaged 19,000; more than 530,000 people had taken refuge in evacuation centres, according to official figures.
Typhoon Rammasun, the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, then headed towards south-east China, where heavy rains and landslides had already killed at least 45 people and left 21 others missing. It is expected to hit land with winds of up to 150 mph, making it equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The typhoon is also expected to impact northern Vietnam.