At least 16 people have been killed after the deadly typhoon Fengshen hit southern China, China Daily reported on Monday.

The authorities fear the death toll could rise with nine people still missing.

The storm, whose name means "God of Wind" in Chinese battered China's southern province of Guangdong last Wednesday. Strong winds and downpours caused rivers to swell, destroying over 1,200 houses and hundreds of hectares of crops.

The typhoon, which has affected some 340,000 people, is currently moving northeast of the province.

Last week, typhoon Fengshen roared through the Philippines, and claimed hundreds of lives across the country, mostly in central areas. Last Saturday, rough seas resulted in the capsizing of The Princess of the Stars, a 24,000-ton ferry carrying more than 860 people onboard. A total of 57 survivors have been found, and 161 bodies retrieved so far.