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Typhoon strikes China as Thailand, Vietnam brace for floods

  • Around 74 fishermen have gone missing after a typhoon struck the South China Sea sinking three fishing boats. Thailand and Vietnam have braced themselves for more torrential rain and flooding ahead. The Typhoon Wutip hit the ships on Sunday as they sailed near the Paracel Islands, just around 330 km from China's Hainan island province. According to Hainan maritime search and rescue center, 14 survivors have been rescued so far. Heavy rains are expected from the typhoon to reach Vietnam before striking Thailand on Tuesday. Officials have warned that more rains can flood the already flood hit regions. Authorities are moving people to more secure buildings ahead of the typhoon.