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Typhoon Kalmaegi hits China after killing 13 in Taiwan
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 18 - 07 - 2008

Typhoon Kalmaegi landed on China's
southeast coast Friday afternoon after causing severe destruction in
Taiwan, leaving at least 13 people dead, eight missing and eight
injured, according to dpa.
Kalmaegi landed on China's Fujian Province at about 5:50 pm (0950
GMT), after having weakened into a tropical storm while crossing the
Taiwan Strait.
The storm brought strong winds and downpour to Fuzhou, capital of
Fujian Province, as well as to other cities in the province and
nearby Zhejiang Province.
Kalmaegi, the seventh tropical storm to affect China this year,
was also expected to affect Shanghai Saturday.
Flood control, offshore fishing and marine authorities in Fujian,
Zhejiang and Shanghai sent out warnings to all vessels to return to
Some 200,000 residents in Fujian were evacauted from coastal and
low-lying ares, while 30,000 vessels returned to ports, press reports
Among victims in Taiwan, an army officer slipped into a ditch and
died while inspecting the barracks in Taichung county, press reports
In Tainan County, a boy and a girl were buried under a collapsed
house during a landslide, while a couple drowned when they fell from
a rescue boat into a flooded river.
The death toll was expected to rise because several people swept
away by flood water were still listed as missing.
President Ma Ying-jeou cut short his physical checkup at a Taipei
hospital to visit the disaster centre in Hsintien, near Taipei, to
help coordinate the rescue effort and assess damage.
According to the Council of Agriculture, Typhoon Kalmaegi caused
losses of 300 million Taiwan dollars (10 million US dollars) as about
5,100 hectares of crops and orchards were inundated.
Kalmaegi began to approach southeast Taiwan Wednesday and moved up
north along the east coast, dumping 400 to 1,000 millimetres of rain
on southern and central Taiwan.
The downpour, reportedly the worst in a decade, caused landslides
and flooding in mountainous regions in central and southern Taiwan
and left some city streets flooded knee-deep.

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