[Hpn] China typhoon leaves thousands homeless

William Charles Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Mon, 14 Aug 2006 05:03:40 -0400


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14 August 2006

China typhoon leaves thousands homeless =20


JINXIANG - Typhoon Saomai weakened to a tropical depression yesterday =
after leaving almost 300 dead or missing in China, sinking 1000 fishing =
boats, flattening thousands of homes and causing losses of more than =
$1bn.=20

Three days after the huge storm barrelled into the coastal provinces of =
Fujian and Zhejiang, the official death toll has risen to 114 with at =
least 183 missing. The Xinhua news agency put overall economic losses at =
$1,45b.

Twenty-five people were dead in Fujian, 130 missing, 1,45 million =
affected and 32700 houses destroyed, Xinhua said.

Shacheng township, in Fujian's Fuding city, was worst hit by Saomai, the =
strongest typhoon to strike China in half a century.=20

About 1350 people were injured in Fuding city alone, Xinhua quoted a =
flood control official as saying.

In Zhejiang, 87 people were killed, a provincial official said by =
telephone. Xinhua said about 2-million people had been affected in the =
province and 18000 homes destroyed.

Further inland, two people died as a result of the typhoon in Jiangxi =
province.

Saomai devastated Zhejiang's Jinxiang village, where the collapse of =
just one building in winds exceeding 200km/h killed 41 people, including =
eight children.

A procession of mourners clad in white sackcloth wound through Jinxiang =
as victims picked their way through the devastation. One man, who gave =
only his surname, Yang, said he had lost eight members of his family.

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