September 3, 2005

Typhoon kills up to 56 in eastern China

BEIJING (Reuters) - A typhoon has killed up to 56 people in
eastern China after unleashing torrential rains and triggering
floods and landslides, state media said on Sunday.

Typhoon Talim, which swept across mainland China's east
coast from Thursday, after battering the island of Taiwan, had
claimed some 40 lives in Anhui province alone, the Beijing News

Economic damage was estimated at 7.1 billion yuan, the
Xinhua news agency said late on Saturday.

Xinhua put the total death toll at 43, with 27 believed to
be missing, in the provinces of Zhejiang, Anhui and Fujian.

One person had died as a result in Jiangxi province, the
Beijing News said.

No comment was immediately available from the Ministry of
Civil Affairs or the National Meteorological Center.

Chinese authorities had evacuated hundreds of thousands of
people from their homes as they braced for the typhoon, which
weakened into a tropical storm on Friday.

At least three people were killed and 59 injured as Talim
pounded Taiwan, leaving hundreds of thousands of homes without

Typhoons are common in Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, Hong
Kong and southern China during a storm season that lasts from
early summer to late autumn.

A large typhoon heading northwest toward Japan's Okinawa
islands had weakened and lost its super-typhoon status by
Saturday, but the storm remained strong enough to threaten
Japan's main islands.