Typhoon death toll rises to 36 in China

Updated on Aug 22, 2007 08:33 AM IST

At least 36 people are killed by Typhoon Sepat in four provinces in eastern and central China in widespread destruction.

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AP | By, Beijing

At least 36 people were killed by Typhoon Sepat in four provinces in eastern and central China in widespread destruction that also forced the evacuation of 1.37 million people, state media reported on Wednesday.

More than 60,000 homes in the provinces of Fujian, Jiangxi, Zhejiang and Hunan were also destroyed or damaged, Xinhua News Agency said.

Total economic losses in the provinces had reached 4.97 billion yuan (US$663 million; euro490 million).

Fujian was the worst-hit province, with 18 people killed, Xinhua said.

Earlier, the storm, named after a Malaysian fish, killed at least one person in Taiwan, and left three dead in the Philippines.

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