Death toll from Saomai rises to 441
Updated: 2006-08-20 09:59
The death toll in China from typhoon Saomai rose to 441 on Saturday after the
discovery of five more bodies in Fuding city in the southeastern coastal
province of Fujian.
A man rides his bicycle in front of blankets
hung up to dry following Typhoon Saomai in Jinxiang, China's eastern
province of Zhejiang August 13, 2006.
One of the body was recovered in
a ship that was salvaged from the seawaters off Shacheng harbor on Saturday
afternoon, Vice Mayor of Fuding Chen Yuyin said.
Rescuers have so far
retrieved four vessels in Fuding, and the local government has appealed to the
Fujian provincial government and central authorities to assist with salvage
Salvage ships from the Shanghai wrecking bureau will arrive
in Fuding within days, which will make it possible to retrieve four or five
sunken vessels every day, the vice mayor said.
The typhoon has sunk 952
ships and damaged 1,594 others at Shacheng harbor, according to Fujian
provincial headquarters of flood control and drought relief.
eighth typhoon to strike China this year, slammed into Cangnan County of
Zhejiang Province at 5:25 p.m. Aug. 10 and moved to Fuding a few hours
It has claimed 246 lives in Fujian, 193 in Zhejiang and two in
More than 16.9 million yuan (US$2.11 million) of money have been
distributed for relief to typhoon victims in Fuding, officials with the local
bureau of civil affairs said Saturday evening.
including instant noodles, bottled water, rice, quilts, and biscuits have also
been distributed to the victims.
All the injured are treated by local
hospitals for free and the local government has distributed 78,700 yuan
(US$10,000) worth of drugs to people affected by the typhoon, officials
Fuding has so far received more than 15 million yuan
(US$1.9 million) of donations, officials said.