Seventy-four people are missing after Typhoon Wutip caused two Chinese fishing boats to sink in stormy weather in the South China Sea 330 kilometers from Hainan, according to reports by Chinese state media.
Rescuers have been able to retrieve 14 survivors, though strong gales and rough seas are hampering rescue operations, said sources with the Hainan maritime search and rescue center.
The two boats are from Guangdong province in the south of China.
Authorities said a total of five fishing boats with 171 people on board had been caught in the storm.
Typhoon Wutip is expected to make landfall in central Vietnam sometime Monday, and 70,000 people have already been evacuated from high-risk areas there, according to Vietnamese authorities. Image/Ted Aljibe/AFP/channelnewsasia.com