August 10, 2006

Typhoon lashes southeast China

By Ben Blanchard

NINGDE, China (Reuters) - The strongest typhoon to strike
China for half a century killed at least 28 people, with three
others missing, the official Xinhua news agency said early on

Typhoon Saomai struck Cangnan County in eastern China's
Zhejiang province on Thursday, with province authorities
relocating 1 million people as the densely populated commercial
region braced for the lashing winds and rains, Xinhua said.

Earlier, Xinhua reported that 1,000 houses were blown over
in Cangnan and 80 people were injured. Neighboring Fujian
province moved 620,000 people but reported no deaths so far.

The typhoon landed with a wind velocity of 216 km (135 mph)
per hour, and was more powerful than a typhoon that hit
Zhejiang in August 1956 and triggered a tsunami that killed
more than 3,000, Xinhua said.