|A family looks out from the top floor of a flooded building as Typhoon Soulik hits on July 14, 2013 in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province of China. (ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)|
The damage toll is coming in. So far, there has been at least 295 dead or missing or China, the result of Typhoon Soulik. Interestingly enough, by the time the storm reached mainland China, it was only a Category 1 storm. But then you may ask yourself, 'why so many deaths'? The answer is simple, and unfortunately, there's not much that can be done about it, unless people move away to safer places. After the rainstorms and the typhoon hit China, there was flooding, landslides, and building collapses. The rains alone since July 7 caused at least 69 deaths and another 179 people missing. Another 41 people dead and a few more missing in other parts of the country because of downpours and mountain torrents. Directly attributed to SOULIK, there were at least three more killed and two missing in Guangdong province located in southern China as the storm was moving inland after ravishing Tiawan. Near Guangxi, there is a scenic area that was closed because people were killed in flash floods when a dam collapsed upstream. The economic losses are tremendous. In Zhejiang city of Wenzhou, the direct economic loss is $34 million, which equates to 210 million yuan.
Hundreds of pictures are pouring in of the damage and destruction. Here are just a few, as reported on the Huffington Post.