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