Typhoon heading to China kills 54 in the Philippines

A super typhoon is heading towards southern China, where the authorities ordered an all-out effort to prevent loss of life from the storm that has already killed at least 54 people in the Philippines.

A girl stands amidst debris after Typhoon Rammasunin in Batangas city, south of Manila Credit: REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Typhoon Rammasun, which is packing winds of up to 180 kmph (112 mph), is expected to make landfall between the two Chinese provinces of Hainan and Guangdong today afternoon, the China Meteorological Administration said on its website.

Residents gather recyclable materials amidst debris brought by Typhoon Rammasun Credit: REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

The typhoon, which is shaping up as the strongest to hit China's island of Hainan in 40 years, will also bring heavy rains before moving southwest, state news agency Xinhua said.

Satellite image of Typhoon Rammasun Credit: NOAA

The Hainan government said it had ordered fishermen back to port while many flights, and all train services, were cancelled.