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Super-Typhoon Slams Southern China
A super typhoon has killed at least fourteen people in China since making landfall on Friday afternoon, state media said on Saturday, after hitting parts of the Philippines and leaving 77 dead. Typhoon Rammasun reached the southern Chinese island province of Hainan on Friday, before striking parts of the mainland later on Friday and early on Saturday, said the official Xinhua news agency. The government had ordered an all-out effort to prevent loss of life from the typhoon, which is shaping up to be the strongest to hit southern China in more than 40 years. It is expected to bring heavy rain throughout the weekend before moving southwest and weakening on Monday. Heavy rain is also expected over part of northern Vietnam. The typhoon has hit several cities in the Chinese provinces of Guangxi, Guangdong and Hainan, tearing down trees and power lines and knocking out power grids. Rammasun has affected more than 1.3 million people, and caused economic damage worth more than 4.95 billion yuan ($797 million).
Port of Haikou to build two new port areas for $1.4bn
With two new port areas, Macun and Xinhai, about to start construction at south Hainan province's Port of Haikou, the port is on course to join the 100m tonne club by 2015. A total of $1.4bn is being spent on the new port facilities boosting boc throughput to an anticipated 1.8m teu and passenger throughput is expected to crack 20m people a year. The island of Hainan is one of the premier cruise destinations in China and Haikou is fighting it out with Sanya for cruise calls with both ports lavishing vast sums to boost facilities.News schreiben