Typhoon Talim has lashed south-eastern China and displaced 230,000, as large swathes of Asia reel from torrential rain and extreme heat. It disrupted flights and shut fishing villages and coastal tourist spots, but weakened on its way to Vietnam.
In Japan, some 60 people fell ill with heatstroke, while parts of China are seeing record-high temperatures.
Over in South Korea, the death toll from days of torrential rain and landslides rose to 41.
Talim whipped Guangdong province with winds of nearly 140km/h (87mph) Monday night, before making landfall in neighbouring Guangxi on Tuesday. Trees fell on moving vehicles, a whale washed ashore and a freezer full of ice cream floated off in floods as the storm barrelled through Guangdong. Firefighters rescued passengers trapped in their cars by fallen tree branches as they cleared roads of debris and assisted other motorists to safety, state media reported.
Local authorities called back some 2,700 fishing vessels and ordered more than 8,200 fish-farming workers to be evacuated as storm surges lashed the coast, Xinhua said.
The typhoon hit two days after a remote town in the north-western province of Xinjiang saw China’s highest temperature on record at 52.2C (126F).
In Japan, Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea temporarily halted some outdoor events and shows on Monday due to the blistering heat. Japanese authorities have also issued heatstroke warnings in 32 out of the country’s 47 prefectures, as temperatures in many places rose to nearly 40C.
In South Korea, rescuers on Tuesday pulled the last body out of a flooded tunnel in the central mountainous region of Cheongju. South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol has said he will “completely overhaul” the country’s approach to extreme weather, as such events will become “more commonplace”.
Meanwhile heatwaves also brought searing temperatures to the US and Europe overnight. The hot weather is expected to last until next week.
Women found in lorry in France face deportation
Four of six women rescued from the back of a lorry in France on Wednesday must leave the country within 30 days, a French public prosecutor said.
The four Vietnamese and two Iraqi women were found by police after getting into the lorry, which they believed was heading for the UK. One of the women spoke from inside the vehicle to a BBC journalist, who then contacted French police. It is unclear which of the four women are to be deported.
The other two have been authorised to stay in France pending asylum requests, a statement from the prosecutor said. The women got into the lorry thinking the Irish-registered vehicle would likely transport them to England, Laetitia Francart, public prosecutor at the judicial court of Villefranche-sur-Saône said.
In fact, the lorry was delivering a shipment of bananas to Dunkirk and would then be heading to Italy. When the women – thought to be migrants – noticed that the direction of the lorry had changed by checking their phone locations, they started to panic.
Struggling to breathe, one of the women managed to contact a BBC journalist and told them about their situation. Khue Luu was then able to alert French authorities.
Meanwhile, the driver of the lorry had also grown to suspect that there might be people inside the trailer, having heard what sounded like voices. The driver then stopped in a lay-by and called the police, the prosecutor said.
French authorities eventually matched up the reports to the lorry, and upon investigating the vehicle found the six women inside the refrigerated trailer. The temperature was 6C (42F) when it was opened, the prosecutor said, but all the women were reported to be in good health.
While the driver was initially arrested upon the discovery of the women inside, the prosecutor said he was not under suspicion of any crime.
South Africa floods: At least 11 people die after Western Cape deluge
At least 11 people have been killed after heavy rain and winds hit South Africa’s Western Cape province, including Cape Town, over the weekend leaving a trail of destruction.
Authorities warn that the death toll may rise as the floodwater subsides.
The destructive weather flooded homes, tore off roofs, destroyed crops and damaged roads and other infrastructure. Rescue teams are still searching for people who are feared trapped in their partially submerged homes.
Eight of the 11 people who died were electrocuted in an informal settlement when waters swamped illegal connections to the power lines.
Seventy-two primary school pupils and 10 adults were trapped in a resort in the town of Oudtshoorn after the nearby Le Roux River overflowed. They were rescued on Wednesday morning, after the water had subsided. About 200 farm workers remain stranded in areas that were cut off by flooding. Efforts are being made to rescue them.
More than 80 roads were closed and at least 15,000 homes were cut off from the power grid, Electricity Minister Kgosientsho Ramokgopa said. Rail services in parts of both the Western and Eastern Cape provinces have been suspended.
The floods also badly affected the area’s farmland, including its famous vineyards, with the impact on harvests expected to be severe.
City of Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has signed a major incident declaration appealing for additional resources and relief measures to deal with the aftermath of the rainfall. The city has also closed the popular Steenbras Nature Reserve and Gorge hiking route to assess the impact of the floods.
Anton Bredell, a provincial cabinet minister in charge of environmental affairs, said that helicopters were searching for some people who had been trapped. “We expect the worst there,” he said.
The damaging rains, which ended on Monday, came a week after larger than normal spring tides hit the area. Climate change has been blamed for some recent weather-related incidents in South Africa.
In 2022, flooding in KwaZulu-Natal led to the deaths of more than 430 people, while the coastal city of Gqeberha almost ran out of water last year.
Trump liable for fraud, judge finds in New York civil case
Donald Trump “repeatedly” misrepresented his wealth by hundreds of millions of dollars to banks and insurers, a New York judge has ruled.
The decision resolves the key claim made by New York’s attorney general in her civil lawsuit against the former president.
“The documents here clearly contain fraudulent valuations that defendants used in business,” the judge wrote.
It is a major blow for the former President before the case goes to trial next Monday.
An attorney for Donald Trump called the judge’s decision “a miscarriage of justice” in a statement on Tuesday evening.
Attorney General Letitia James sued Donald Trump last September, accusing him, his two adult sons and the Trump Organization of lying about his net worth and asset values between 2011 and 2021.
Ms James claimed the defendants issued false business records and financial statements in order to get better terms on bank loans and insurance deals, and to pay less tax.
In a trial that will now resolve six remaining claims in her suit, she will seek $250m in penalties and a ban on Mr Trump doing business in his home state.
The non-jury trial is scheduled to begin 2 October and last until at least December.
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