Typhoon Drives One Million Chinese From Homes|
19 August 2007 08:45
Typhoon Sepat swept China's southern coast on Sunday, forcing almost
a million people from their homes and spawning a tornado that smashed
buildings and killed at least nine people.
The tornado cut a corridor of destruction 800m wide, wrecked 156
houses and injured more than 60 residents in Zhejiang province, Xinhua
state news agency reported. Experts believe the tornado was formed
under the influence of the typhoon, Xinhua said.
"The bizarre wind smashed all the windows of our four-storey building
and tore down my mum's old house in no more than one minute," the
agency quoted villager Zhang Zhongling (48) as saying. "Just like a
In southern Fujian province, two people were confirmed dead and another
reported missing after Typhoon Sepat triggered flooding and mudslides.
The storm landed in Fujian overnight packing winds of 119km/h, Xinhua
The typhoon lost power after making landfall, but still left a trail
of damage, flooding roads, lifting roofs off houses and uprooting trees
and billboards, Xinhua quoted a local flood-control official as saying.
A six-car goods train was derailed west of the provincial capital of
Fuzhou after a portion of track was swept away. No injuries were
reported and workers restored the line, the agency said.
Sepat is heading north-west toward Jiangxi province and could unleash
400mm of rain in southern Fujian province in the next three days, said
More than 900 000 people in southern China had
been relocated to higher ground after the typhoon cut power and flooded
homes in parts of Taiwan and the Philippines on Saturday.
The typhoon did not make landfall over the Philippines, but exacerbated
monsoon rains as it rumbled past the archipelago. Disaster officials
in the Philippines said three people drowned in flooding. Nearly
550 000 people were affected by flood waters in Manila and the
northern provinces, and more than 3 500 people were sheltering
in evacuation centres.
Parts of the capital and surrounding provinces remained under water
Taiwan's disaster centre said 27 people had been hurt in the typhoon.
About 2 500 people were evacuated and nearly 9 000 homes
were still without electricity.
The storm had cut power to more than 70 000 homes in Taiwan and
forced airlines to delay flights from airports in the north and south
of the island. -- Reuters, AFP
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