Typhoon Sarika has wreaked havoc throughout China's Hainan province, after heavy rain and strong winds battered the area on Tuesday (18 October.)

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Residents and vehicles make their way through a flooded street, following heavy rain caused by Typhoon Sarika in Qionghai, south China's Hainan provinceAFP/ Getty Images

Packing maximum winds of 162km per hour, (100mile per hour) the tropical cyclone, named after a singing bird in Cambodia, struck Hele Town, Wanning City, at 9:50am local time, the local meteorological bureau reported. Around 520,000 residents have been evacuated, while high speed trains and shipping services were halted. A mass clean-up operation began in the city of Qionghai, with workers draining the flooded streets while pedestrians attempted to go about their daily lives, wading through the waters.

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A huge wave crashes in Sanya, south China's Hainan provinceAFP/ Getty Images
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A woman stands beside a damaged bus stop after strong winds caused by Typhoon Sarika in Qionghai, south China's Hainan provinceAFP/ Getty Images
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A motorcyclist riding past trees damaged by strong winds caused by Typhoon Sarika in Qionghai, south China's Hainan provinceAFP/ Getty Images
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A flooded area is seen following heavy rain caused by Typhoon Sarika in Qionghai, south China's Hainan provinceAFP/ Getty Images

Before hitting China, Sarika barrelled through the northern parts of the Philippines provinces on 16 October. As many as 12,496 individuals were pre-emptively evacuated, just before the typhoon made landfall. Sarika released strong winds up to 120kph, seriously affecting the rice-growing regions. Damage to farm crops, mainly rice and corn, was estimated at 53.5 million pesos (£812,453, $1.1 million) initially. However, disaster officials said there was no confirmed casualties.

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A boy plays in a swollen creek under a bridge in Manila, PhilippinesNoel Celis/ AFP
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A girl stands on steps nearby laundry under a flooded bridge in Manila, PhilippinesNoel Celis/ AFP
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A fisherman stays near his boat docked along the shore overlooking yachts in Manila bay after Typhoon Sarika struck the PhilippinesErik De Castro/ Reuters
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Residents walk along a destroyed highway following heavy rains brought by Typhoon Sarika in the town of Gabaldon, north of Manila, PhilippinesAFP/ Getty Images
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A vendor takes shelter next to his closed shop in Manila as Typhoon Sarika slammed central and northern PhilippinesErik De Castro/ Reuters

Typhoon Sarika is the 21st typhoon of the year, and while China and the Philippines are now facing the damage caused, Vietnam is bracing itself. Central parts of the country have already experienced extreme flooding, with deaths up to 31. With sustained winds of 165kph (103mph) and gusts of up to 200 kph (124 mph) Typhoon Sarika is moving toward northern Vietnam at 15 kilometres per hour (9 miles per hour), the national weather forecast centre reported. Vietnam is prone to floods and storms, and emergency services have begun handing out supplies to locals as Sarika approaches.

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A police speedboat, loaded with boxes of instant noodles, preparing to leave to distribute the boxes as relief aid to flood-hit people in the central province of Quang Binh, VietnamAFP/ Getty Images
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A villager sits on a boat next to his flooded home in Huong Khe district in the central province of Ha Tinh, VietnamAFP/ Getty Images
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Villagers in a boat rowing past flooded homes in a village in Huong Khe district in the central province of Ha TinhAFP/ Getty Images
Vietnam floods
Villagers in a boat rowing past flooded homes in a village in Huong Khe district in the central province of Ha TinhAFP/ Getty Images