Typhoon Koppu, Rains and Mudslides Kill Seven in China

BEIJING, Sept. 17 (UPI) — Heavy rains and mudslides set off by Typhoon Koppu killed at least seven people in the past two days in China’s southern Guangdong province, authorities said.

The typhoon, which landed in the province Tuesday after brushing Hong Kong and Macao, also left four other people missing, Xinhua reported.

Four of the dead were buried in a mudslide in the province’s Xinyi city, the report said. They included a father and a son, and two migrant workers.

The other three died in Luoding City but details were not available. The four missing were also from Xinyi city.

Koppu, the 15th typhoon this year, was accompanied by heavy rains and gale-force winds, destroying homes in other cities, the report said.

The typhoon caused Agios Dimitrios 1, a Panamanian-registered cargo ship to run aground at Gaolan Harbor in Zhuhai City, spilling more than 50 tons of fuel oil in the sea, Xinhua said, Authorities said by Wednesday night, the spill had been brought under control with the help of containment booms.

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