The Category 1 tropical cyclone brought drenching rains to a region that has already been hit by downpours and flooding that have killed hundreds of people over the past several weeks.
Rivers and lakes there had risen to dangerous levels, and landslides had accompanied mudslides in destroying crops, well before Chanthu’s arrival.
High winds sent debris flying into the air when the storm made landfall between the coastal cities of Mazhang and Wuchuan, according to state-run television. It broadcast images of downed trees and electric polls lying across streets.
Remnants of the storm were expected to drench the interior provinces of Guangxi and Yunnan, along with neighboring areas of Vietnam, through the weekend.
Chanthu formed in the wake of Typhoon Conson across northern parts of the Philippines during the weekend.
It then took a similar path across the South China Sea, but made landfall a few hundred miles to the northeast in China rather than striking the coast of Vietnam.
Typhoon Chanthu Track
Satellite Loop Data: CIMSS