Typhoon Bilis leaves 42 dead, 100 missing in China
Updated: 2006-07-15 20:28
Rainstorms and floods caused by Typhoon Bilis have claimed 42 lives and left
more than 100 missing after it landed in eastern China on Friday, government
sources said Saturday.
Central China's Hunan Province is the worst hit
as 36 people were confirmed dead and more than 100 went missing as of 4 p.m.
Saturday, said the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.
People wades through a
flooded street in Chenzhou, Hunan province July 15, 2006. Typhoon Bilis
brough heavy rains to several provinces, leaving 42 dead and more than 100
In Hunan another 349 people were injured and 40,000 people
in the cities of Hengyang and Chenzhou were stranded by floods.
Party Chief Zhang Chunxian and Governor Zhou Bohua asked rescuers to save people
and reduce casualties at all costs. The two senior officials have rushed to
flood-hit areas to coordinate rescue efforts.
Hunan flood control
headquarters have sent 140 vessels to search and rescue the trapped.
Eight reservoirs in the province are in dangerous condition while the
dam of one of the reservoirs could collapse at any time as the sluice is crammed
by floating tree trunks and cannot open.
The State Flood Control and
Drought Relief Headquarters reported earlier 29 people died and more than 50
were missing in Hunan, where rainstorms caused serious flooding in several
counties in the eastern and southern parts of the province.
Six people died and nine
others were missing in South China's Guangdong Province, said the Guangdong
headquarters of flood control at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The State Flood
Control and Drought Relief Headquarters reported earlier 29 people died and more
than 50 were missing in Hunan, where rainstorms caused serious flooding in
several counties in the eastern and southern parts of the province.
headquarters also reported that in neighboring Guangdong Province three people
died and nine others were missing in floods caused by the typhoon.