Typhoon Fanapi kills 75 in China

Massive floods and landslides triggered by typhoon Fanapi,have claimed 75 lives in China.

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2010, 21:31 PM IST

Beijing: Massive floods and landslides
triggered by typhoon Fanapi, the strongest storm to hit China
this year, have so far claimed 75 lives in the southern
Guangdong province, while 61 people were still missing.

Among the dead were 28 people who were killed due to a
dike burst at a mountainous mining site, Tang Hao, Secretary
General of the provincial government, said.

He said the Fanapi-triggered disaster, which struck a week
ago, has caused direct economic losses amounting to 5 billion
yuan. Some 1.56 million residents in nine cities in Guangdong
were affected.

The rescue work continued today as vehicles and
helicopters delivered crucial relief goods to the
landslides-hit areas, the official Xinhua news agency
reported.

So far, about 128,000 residents had been evacuated in
Guangdong, where some 16,000 houses had collapsed and 66,400
hectares of farmland damaged.

Typhoon Fanapi, the 11th and strongest typhoon that hit
China this year, struck Fujian province on September 20, but
affected the neighbouring Guangdong the most.

PTI