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Tropical storm Conson, aka typhoon Basyang, is currently battering southern China after heavy rains and flooding have already punished the country for weeks.

The economic damage from China’s recent weather woes totals in billions of dollars, while evacuations in the affected areas have been widespread.

From an Al Jazeera English report/video:

Swollen rivers and landslides have already killed 135 people across the country since the start of July. More than 35 million people have had their lives disrupted by the floods and landslides, and more than a million people have been displaced.

The Philippines also suffered heavy damage from Conson/Basyang, including 65 deaths, damage to infrastructure and losses in the agricultural and fishing industries, according to a report in the Manila Bulletin.

A pipeline in Cavite province, Philippines was also damaged during the typhoon, resulting in an oil leak, according to an ABS-CBN News report.

For more on the storms and flooding in China watch the following ITN video report:

China floods cause chaos

About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.


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