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Death toll from typhoon Wipha rises to 10

world Updated: Sep 20, 2007 09:56 IST

The toll from the typhoon Wipha has risen to at least 10, including a road mishap in which a Ferrari car veered off the road and plunged into a river, killing five occupants.

Five people were killed and three others went missing in landslides triggered by heavy rains in east China, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said.

A total of 2.67 million people in Zhejiang, Fujian, Shanghai and Jiangsu had been relocated by Wednesday evening.

The typhoon also destroyed more than 9,600 houses and damaged 42,000 others, and direct economic losses stand at 6.62 billion yuan, it said.

Five people were killed when a Ferrari car plunged into a river on Wednesday in east China's Zhejiang Province, local police said on Thursday.

Local residents found the car in a river on Thursday morning, when high water level caused by downpour had fallen back, Xinhua news agency reported.

Wipha, believed to be the most destructive typhoon in a decade, made landfall in Zhejiang Province on Wednesday.

Zhejiang has been among the several coastal regions where typhoon Wipha has pummelled. A total of 1.59 million people have been relocated, the largest mass relocation in the eastern province since 1949 when the nation was founded.

Typhoon Wipha, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm, is moving northwestward at a speed of 20 km per hour but the wind speed at the eye of the storm has dropped to 72 km per hour.

Wipha is expected to enter Jiangsu Province in the early hours on Thursday and then pass to the Yellow Sea in the morning, the China Meteorological Administration said.