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Southern China braces for Typhoon Conson landfall

 Residents fix roof of their shanties along a coastal road after typhoon Conson hit the area, at Las Pinas, south of Manila on Wednesday July 14, 2010...
 Residents fix their shanties along a coastal road after typhoon Conson hit the area, at Las Pinas, south of Manila on Wednesday July 14, 2010. The Ph...
 Residents fix their shanties along a coastal road after typhoon Conson hit the area, at Las Pinas, south of Manila on Wednesday July 14, 2010. The Ph...
  A Filipino Muslim man fixes the roof of their shanty after strong winds from Typhoon Conson tore down several shanties around a mosque in Manila, Ph...
 Filipino workers try to dismantle a billboard that collapsed due to strong winds from Typhoon Conson in  Muntinlupa, south of Manila, Philippines on ...
 Houses and farmland are inundated by flood waters in Nogata, southern Japan, on Wednesday, July 14, 2010.  Storms lashed southern and western Japan, ...
 A boy sits amongst his belongings after their shanty was damaged by Typhoon Conson Wednesday July 14, 2010 at Taytay township, Rizal province,  east ...
 Residents fix their shanties after they were damaged at the onslaught of Typhoon Conson Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at Taytay township, Rizal province,...
 A barefoot mother pushes a tricycle with her children on board as they look for a dry place to spend the night after their shanty allegedly collapsed...
 Bodies of fishermen lie on the street after being retrieved by authorities at Mariveles township, Bataan province 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Ma...
 Trucks are left after they were drifted away by flood in Kani, Gifu prefecture, western Japan Friday, July 16, 2010. Torrential rain have caused floo...

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Residents fix roof of their shanties along a coastal road after typhoon Conson hit the area, at Las Pinas, south of Manila on Wednesday July 14, 2010...

Philippines Asia Typhoon

Residents fix their shanties along a coastal road after typhoon Conson hit the area, at Las Pinas, south of Manila on Wednesday July 14, 2010. The Ph...

Philippines Asia Typhoon

Residents fix their shanties along a coastal road after typhoon Conson hit the area, at Las Pinas, south of Manila on Wednesday July 14, 2010. The Ph...

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A Filipino Muslim man fixes the roof of their shanty after strong winds from Typhoon Conson tore down several shanties around a mosque in Manila, Ph...

Philippines Asia Typhoon

Filipino workers try to dismantle a billboard that collapsed due to strong winds from Typhoon Conson in Muntinlupa, south of Manila, Philippines on ...

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Houses and farmland are inundated by flood waters in Nogata, southern Japan, on Wednesday, July 14, 2010. Storms lashed southern and western Japan, ...

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A boy sits amongst his belongings after their shanty was damaged by Typhoon Conson Wednesday July 14, 2010 at Taytay township, Rizal province, east ...

Philippines Asia Typhoon

Residents fix their shanties after they were damaged at the onslaught of Typhoon Conson Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at Taytay township, Rizal province,...

Philippines Asia Typhoon

A barefoot mother pushes a tricycle with her children on board as they look for a dry place to spend the night after their shanty allegedly collapsed...

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Bodies of fishermen lie on the street after being retrieved by authorities at Mariveles township, Bataan province 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Ma...

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Trucks are left after they were drifted away by flood in Kani, Gifu prefecture, western Japan Friday, July 16, 2010. Torrential rain have caused floo...

Southern China braced for torrential rains and lashing winds Friday as Typhoon Conson crept toward land after killing 37 people and leaving a trail of destruction in the Philippines.
Conson had been downgraded to a tropical storm after blowing out of the Philippines but strengthened again into a typhoon late Thursday with winds of 75 miles per hour (120 kilometers per hour), China's National Meteorological Center said. It was expected to make landfall on Hainan island Friday afternoon or evening.
In addition to Hainan, parts of Guangdong province and neighboring Guangxi region will see torrential rains over the next 24 hours as Conson moves toward the northwest at 9 to 13 mph (15 to 20 kph).
The typhoon killed at least 37 people in the Philippines, but emergency crews restored electricity to Manila and nearby provinces on Luzon island on Thursday as normalcy crept back. Authorities continued the search for 26 missing fishermen and started to repair the damage caused by the year's first major typhoon.
Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, in a nationally televised emergency meeting, scolded the weather bureau for failing to predict that Conson would hit Manila, which left government agencies unprepared for the onslaught.
On Thursday, the navy, coast guard and policemen recovered the bodies of 14 fishermen at Bataan province, west of Manila. Nine died when a wayward oil barge slammed into their boats, which were moored near Mariveles town, the coast guard said. The bodies of five other fishermen were found at sea off Bataan, where their boats sank.
Many parts of China have been pounded by storms this summer, though areas expected to be hit by Conson had not been seriously affected so far. Flooding and subsequent landslides in communities along the Yangtze River and other scattered parts of China have killed 107 people so far this month, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said. Direct economic losses in July reached 20 billion yuan ($3 billion).
In Japan, police said landslides caused by heavy rains killed two people in Hiroshima while another was swept away in a swollen river. Eight people were missing across western and central Japan.
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Associated Press writers Jim Gomez in Manila and Jay Alabaster in Tokyo contributed to this report.


Updated : 2020-12-03 22:31 GMT+08:00