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64 killed in two typhoons in China; 21 still missing

Super typhoon Rammasun and typhoon Matmo battered Chinese coast this week. (Source: AP) Super typhoon Rammasun and typhoon Matmo battered Chinese coast this week. (Source: AP)
PTI | Beijing | Posted: July 25, 2014 3:35 pm

The death toll in the two recent typhoons in China has reached 64 with another 21 people still missing, according to latest figures released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs here.

Super typhoon Rammasun and typhoon Matmo battered Chinese coast this week. 62 people died in the devastation caused by typhoon Rammasun, while two others were killed in Typhoom Matmo.

Natural disasters like floods and hail, typhoons and earthquakes have affected 120 million Chinese people so far this year in which 533 people were killed and 97 missing, the Ministry said.

The strongest typhoon to hit south China in four decades, Rammasun brought gales, downpours and floods to southern China, affecting over 11 million people in Guangdong, Hainan, Yunnan and Guangxi, it said.

A total of 862,000 people have been resettled and some 261,000 are in urgent need of basic necessities. The typhoon also caused direct economic losses of 38.5 billion yuan (USD 6.25 billion), state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Roads, power and water supplies and telecommunications in affected areas have been badly damaged. The ministry has launched 15 emergency response programs and worked with the Ministry of Finance to provide 1.97 billion yuan to affected people, it said.

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