CHINA - Seventy-four Chinese fishermen were missing yesterday after a typhoon sunk three fishing boats in the South China Sea as Thailand and Vietnam braced themselves for torrential rain and flooding.
The ships were hit by Typhoon Wutip on Sunday as they navigated gales near the Paracel Islands, about 330km from China's island province of Hainan, state news agency Xinhua said, citing sources from the Hainan maritime search-and-rescue centre.
Rescuers found 14 survivors, the sources said. The boats were sailing from the southern province of Guangdong.
Rains from the storm were expected to reach Vietnam yesterday before hitting Thailand today.
Thai officials warned that more heavy rains could inundate already flood-hit areas of the north-east. At least 22 people have been killed in this year's flooding.