05 Aug 2014
Powerful Typhoon Rammasun moved through Southeast Asia in mid-July, 2014, bringing torrential rains and damaging winds to the region. The typhoon made first landfall as a category 3 storm on July 14th along the eastern coast of the Philippines near Legazpi City. At least 94 deaths and widespread damage were reported. Typhoon Rammasun then moved over the South China Sea and gained strength, becoming a category 5 storm before making landfall in the southern Chinese province of Hainan. It was the strongest typhoon to hit the area in 41 years. The storm destroyed over 37,000 homes and killed at least 33 people. The storm continued on to northern Vietnam, causing flooding and landslides, damaging homes and killing at least 11 people.