Mon, Aug 20, 2007 - Page 1 News List

Tornado, Typhoon Sepat kill 13 in China

AFP , BEIJING

At least 13 people were killed as a tornado ripped along China's coast while Typhoon Sepat battered the country further south, state media reported yesterday.

The tornado cut a corridor of destruction 800m wide in Zhejiang Province, destroying 156 houses on Saturday around Wenzhou City.

Eleven people were killed and more than 60 injured, six seriously, Xinhua news agency said.

In Fujian Province, two people were confirmed dead and another reported missing after Typhoon Sepat triggered flooding and mudslides.

Sepat landed in Fujian overnight packing winds of 119kph, Xinhua said.

The typhoon left a trail of damage, flooding roads, lifting roofs off houses and uprooting trees and billboards, Xinhua said, citing a local flood control official.

Expressways in Fuzhou, the capital of Fujian, were closed, while 266 domestic and international flights from three provincial airports were cancelled, Xinhua said.

Air traffic returned to normal later yesterday, the Xinhua said.

A six-car goods train was derailed west of Fuzhou after a portion of track was swept away. No injuries were reported and workers restored the line, the agency said.

The typhoon dumped 300mm of rain over 24 hours in some parts of the province, damaging homes, crops and downing power lines.

More damage was expected in Huian County, the official said, as weathermen reported heavy rain in a number of cities in Fujian.

More than 900,000 people in southern and eastern Chinese provinces had earlier been relocated, including some 540,000 people in Fujian, Xinhua said, citing government officials.

Wide swathes of China have been plagued by nearly constant torrential downpours since the summer rainy season began.

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