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Death toll from Saomai rises to 134 in China

india Updated: Aug 14, 2006 12:42 IST
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The death toll from floods and house collapses triggered by Typhoon Saomai, the most powerful to hit China in 50 years, has risen to 134 with at least 1,350 injured and 163 still missing, local officials said.

The toll shot up by 22 with confirmation of deaths of 22 missing people in Fuding city of east China's Fujian province.

Fuding city with 41 people dead was the worst hit in Fujian. A total of 45 people were killed in the province by the typhoon. Houses have been flattened or damaged and many trees have been uprooted.

As of Saturday night, 1,350 injured were reported injured and suffered economic losses valued at $312.5 million.

"Almost the entire village was flattened," said a villager from Baisheng Village, which was home to more than 300 households.

Shacheng Township of Fuding city lost more than 1,000 fishing boats to Saomai, which flattened half of the town's 8,000 houses.

The provincial meteorological department said the rainfall in two counties in Jiangxi was over 200 mm from Thursday to Friday and in 11 counties it rained more than 100 mm.