BEIJING, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from
Typhoon Saomai, the strongest to hit China in half a century and now a tropical
depression, has risen to 106, with at least 191 others missing, as of 11:00 p.m.
Saturday, say local authorities.
East China's Jiangxi Province reported another death
on Saturday in the county of Jinxi, Fuzhou City.
An old couple were flushed away by the flood on
Friday morning when they went to check their farmland ravaged by the typhoon.
One of the couple was confirmed dead and the other is
This was the second death report in Jiangxi. Also on
Friday, a villager was killed by a collapsed building in the province capital of
The provincial meteorological department said the
rainfall in two counties in Jiangxi was over 200 millimeters from Thursday to
Friday and in 11 counties over 100 millimeters.
The provincial flood control and drought relief
headquarters said altogether 980,000 people from the cities of Fuzhou, Nanchang,
Yichun and Shangrao were affected by the downpour-triggered disasters.
The department said Saomai destroyed six small
reservoirs in Jiangxi and brought the province 348 million yuan (about 43.5
million U.S. dollars) of economic losses.
Six people in Lishui City in east China's Zhejiang
Province were killed in a landslide that was triggered by torrential rain, said
Xiao Jianzhong, vice mayor of Lishui.
Eighty-one people are dead and 11 are reported
missing in Wenzhou, a booming port city of more than 1 million people which
received the brunt of the typhoon.
At least 2.1 million people have been affected and
18,000 houses destroyed in Zhejiang. The downpour has swamped 56 provincial
roads and national highways.
In Zhejiang, the typhoon caused an economic loss of
4.89 billion yuan (611 million U.S. dollars). The number of people with their
houses being destroyed has not yet been estimated.
Fujian Province reported 17 deaths and 138 missing.
More than 1.45 million people have been affected and 32,700 houses destroyed.
The typhoon also damaged 68,800 hectares of crops,
shut 234 factories and mines, resulting in a direct economic loss of 6.36
billion yuan (795 million U.S. dollars) in the province.
Saomai, the eighth typhoon in China this year,
slammed into Cangnan County of Wenzhou City at 5:25 p.m. Thursday. It was
downgraded to a tropical depression by 11 a.m. Friday.
Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu, who is also chief
of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters, urged governments to
make the safety of people their top priority and work to reduce casualties and
economic losses to the minimum.
He urged local governments to prevent more floods and
landslides, restore electricity and communication links and open roads as soon
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