16 Aug 2013

Utor batters south China

11:11 am on 16 August 2013

Three people are confirmed dead, five are missing and tens of thousands have been evacuated as Typhoon Utor batters south China.

The Xinhua news agency says more than one million people in Guangdong province have been affected by heavy rain and floods.

The storm, which left at least eight dead in the Philippines, made landfall in western Guangdong Thursday afternoon with winds of more than 150 kms.

The typhoon also brushed past Hong Kong, where it forced the closure of financial markets, schools and businesses and disrupted hundreds of flights.

It also caused a 190 metre long cargo ship to sink.