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11 killed by tornado, typhoon in China

At least nine people were killed, over 60 injured and one missing in a tornado hit east China's Zhejiang Province, local officials said on Sunday.

world Updated: Aug 19, 2007 17:50 IST

At least nine people were killed, over 60 injured and one missing in a tornado hit east China's Zhejiang Province while two others were dead when typhoon Sepat lashed Fujian Province, local officials said on Sunday.

A gale belt of 800-meter broad and eight-kilometer long swept through the Longgang township, Cangnan County of Wenzhou City last night from the sea, the local meteorological bureau said.

The tornado toppled 156 houses. More than 60 local people were injured in the mishap, eight of them seriously, Xinhua news agency reported.

Experts believe that the tornado was formed under the influence of typhoon Sepat, which is currently lashing Fujian Province, killing at least two and leaving one person missing.

The three victims were in central Fujian's Minhou County, where torrential rains unleashed by Sepat triggered the landslide and tore down houses.

A downpour also hit the Minqing County to the west of Fuzhou, Fujian's capital, where the train station at Daruo city collapsed, causing derailment of six carriages of a cargo train.

Typhoon Sepat, the ninth for this year that landed in Chongwu town of Quanzhou City early today lashed the central and northern parts of the province with gale and rainstorm.

The typhoon damaged 366 houses in Quanzhou, destroyed crops on over 10,000 acres of land, cut off power supply lines and harmed 139 water control projects, affecting 162,600 people and inflicting a loss of 72 million yuan (9.5 million U S dollars).