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A Detailed Look at Doksuri’s Impact and Implications.
Featured image: On July 23, Typhoon Doksuri exhibited a swift escalation in intensity
Typhoon Doksuri has left a path of destruction as it swept through southern China last Friday. The storm’s potent force triggered havoc as it generated intense rain showers and tempestuous winds, resulting in damaged power lines, ignited fires, uprooted trees, and even causing severe structural damage such as a partial roof collapse of a local stadium.
Marked as the most formidable typhoon to land in China this year, and the second most devastating to reach southeastern Fujian province since Typhoon Meranti’s strike in 2016, Doksuri has had extensive repercussions. The storm compelled the shut down of schools and businesses, and the withdrawal of personnel from offshore oil and gas platforms, according to official reports.
The ripple effects of Doksuri have been considerable, impacting an estimated 724,600 individuals. A total of 124,400 residents have been relocated, leading to direct economic damages of approximately 52.27 million yuan ($7.30 million), as reported by several media outlets.
According to Reuters, the coastal metropolis of Quanzhou in Fujian was heavily affected, with 39 residents suffering minor injuries. Power failures affected over half a million households in the city. A notable instance of structural damage was seen in a central Quanzhou stadium, where the retractable roof was torn away by the wind, scattering glass and metal debris.
While Doksuri’s wind speed has been reduced to that of a severe tropical storm, an onslaught of heavy rain is anticipated in inland provinces like Anhui, a significant agricultural hub producing corn, rice, soybean, and cotton. The vast rain bands of the storm are predicted to stretch northward, potentially reaching as far as Beijing by Sunday or Monday.
Although there are no immediate reports of casualties, a grim reminder of Typhoon Meranti’s death toll of 11 in 2016 has raised concerns. Social media footage displays the severity of the storm, with power lines seen flaming in Jinjiang, a city of two million inhabitants. Meanwhile, trees were displaced in Quanzhou, blocking roads and creating chaos.
Residents of Jinjiang and Quanzhou reported power and water outages in certain areas, and online videos illustrate the storm’s impact, including a large incense burner being swept across a temple courtyard and residents battling to prevent flooding in their apartments.
Typhoon Doksuri has already cut a deadly swath from the Philippines across southern Taiwan. The storm led to a ferry capsizing near Manila due to panicked passengers rushing to one side of the boat, resulting in at least 26 deaths. The storm was responsible for 36 fatalities in total in the Philippines.
The storm wreaked havoc in southern Taiwan, downing trees and causing power cuts to hundreds of thousands of homes. In anticipation of extreme winds, landslides, and floods, local authorities enforced business closures for a second consecutive day on Friday.
Doksuri left more than 278,000 Taiwanese homes without power and caused the fall of hundreds of trees in Kaohsiung. Record-breaking rainfall of more than a meter was observed in the mountainous eastern and southern parts of the island.
Additionally, over 200 domestic and international flights were either suspended or delayed on Friday, and railway services between southern and eastern Taiwan were brought to a standstill.
Topics: Impact of Typhoon Doksuri, Typhoon Doksuri in Southern China, Destruction caused by Doksuri, Typhoon Doksuri’s economic losses, Human toll of Typhoon Doksuri, Structural damage from Typhoon Doksuri, Typhoon Doksuri power outages.
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