Typhoon Damrey makes landfall in E. China

Aug. 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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BEIJING, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Typhoon Damrey came ashore in eastern China Thursday night as the country also readied for killer Typhoon Saola, currently tormenting Taiwan, officials said.

Damrey, the 10th typhoon of the year, made landfall in Chenjiagang Township of Xiangshui County in east China's Jiangsu province, unleashing gale force winds and rains on the province and neighboring Shandong province. The storm, drenching 21 counties in its path, was moving to the northwest at 18 mph, Xinhua News Agency reported.

The approaching storms threatened more flooding in some of the regions already soaked by recent torrential rains that took a heavy toll of lives and caused substantial agricultural and other damage. In the Chinese capital of Beijing alone, the death toll from the recent rains was put at 77.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, touring Henan and Hubei provinces, called for intensifying flood control efforts and ensuring the safety of the affected public, Xinhua reported.

In Taiwan, authorities were battling the destructive Typhoon Saola, which reached the eastern part of the island nation Thursday night from the northern Philippines, where it killed at least 23 people and left thousands homeless in Luzon and Visayas islands. The capital of Manila is located in Luzon.

Taiwanese authorities said Saola, blamed for at least one death and six injuries in Taiwan, was dancing around, coming ashore briefly and then retreating to the sea only to return again.

Taiwan's Central News Agency reported emergency personnel had already evacuated more than 3,800 people in 11 cities and issued landslide warnings in Yilan, Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taichung, Chiayi and Hualien.

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