The death toll from rainstorms triggered by Typhoon Kaemi has risen to 32 in
China's south and east, state media said on Friday. More than 60 are missing.
Kaemi weakened to a tropical depression shortly after landing on China's
southeastern coast on Tuesday, but the heavy rains it brought soaked five
provinces, affecting 6 million people and forcing the evacuation of 1.3 million,
state television said.
The hardest hit is the eastern province of Jiangxi, where six were killed
when flash floods along a mountainside swept away a military barracks in the
early hours of Wednesday. Another 38 officers, soldiers and family members are
A further 17 villagers died and 15 went missing in floods and landslides in
Jiangxi's mountainous south, where rivers overflowed and thousands of houses
collapsed, Xinhua news agency said. Power, communications and roads were also
The rain is expected to stop in the area on Saturday, but it will be followed
by a three-day heatwave, prompting officials to warn against possible epidemics,
Five people, including two young girls, were also killed by floods and
landslides in the neighbouring southern province of Guangdong, Xinhua said.
Three were missing in Fujian province, where Kaemi made its China landfall.
In the central province of Hunan, streets in the city of Chenzhou were
flooded and at least three people were reported missing on Thursday.
The four provinces are still reeling from damage caused by Tropical Storm
Bilis, which has killed 612 since it struck China on July 14 with days of
Tropical storms and typhoons frequently strike Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines
and southern China during a season that lasts from early summer to late autumn.
But China's storms have been particularly deadly this year, claiming more
than 1,000 lives, Xinhua said.
By Wednesday, the rains had destroyed half a million
houses, damaged 3.3 million hectares of crops and caused economic losses
totalling 74 billion yuan ($9.28 billion), it said.