Wed, Sep 07, 2005 - Page 5 News List

Chinese death toll from Talim mounts

AFP , BEIJING

The death toll from Typhoon Talim soared to 102 in China yesterday as the government decided on a major relief package for the millions affected by what is shaping up to be the worst storm of the year.

Preliminary tallies showed 33 people remained missing as of late yesterday, according to reports carried by the Xinhua news agency.

The worst hit province, Anhui, reported finding seven more bodies to raise the death toll to 66 while 15 people were missing, Xinhua said. It said some 5.4 million people were affected, 420,000 of them so severely that they had to be evacuated.

Landslides and floods damaged 157,000 houses to varying degrees in Anhui, causing economic losses estimated so far at 3.4 billion yuan (US$420 million).

Talim made landfall in Fujian Province last Thursday. It slowly churned its way through the provinces of Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi and Hubei, dumping heavy rain and causing floods and landslides.

The State Council has earmarked 182 million yuan for relief efforts, Xinhua said. The council also issued orders to local governments to make sure people had enough to eat and had access to clean water.

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