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|Death toll in Typhoon Prapiroon rises to 38 in China
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GUANGZHOU, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The death toll in
typhoon Prapiroon rose to 38, and 14 more remained missing in South China's
Guangdong Province by midday on Saturday, local sources said.
Prapiroon brought along torrential rains in this
southern Chinese province, with Taishan, Enping, and Yangchun being worst hit,
affecting 3.72 million people and razing 7,000 houses. The direct economic
losses are forecast at 2.4 billion yuan (300 million U.S. dollars).
Detail of the damages is still under further
investigation, said a spokesman from the Guangdong Provincial Office for
Drought, Flood and Wind Control.
Typhoon Prapiroon made landfall at the coastal area
between Yangxi County and Dianbai County in western Guangdong at 7:20
p.m.Thursday. With a speed of 33 meters per second, the wind power reached 12
degrees on the Beaufort Scale near its eye.
Under the impact of the outer air current caused by
typhoon Prapiroon, a tornado struck areas including Foshan, Shanwei and Shaoguan
in Guangdong on Friday, causing nine deaths in Foshan.
By Friday morning, Prapiroon's wind speed had dropped
from typhoon level to tropical storm after it swirled into the Guangxi Zhuang
Autonomous Region, just west of Guangdong, early Thursday morning and dumped
rain in areas it swept through.
The tropical storm attacked Yulin in Guangxi in the
front on Friday, where 100,000 people were forced to evacuate, and the damages
were placed at 40 million yuan (about 5 million U.S. dollars), said information
from the Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters of Yulin City.
Prapiroon, which means Rain God in Thai, formed in
the South China Sea and strengthened into a typhoon on Wednesday noon. Enditem