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Death toll from Typhoon Talim soars to 102
Updated: 2005-09-06 21:17

The death toll from Typhoon Talim soared to 102 in China as the government decided on a major relief package for the millions affected by what is shaping up to be the worst storm of the year.

Preliminary tallies showed 33 people remained missing as of late Tuesday, according to reports carried by the Xinhua news agency.

The worst hit province, Anhui in eastern China, reported finding seven more bodies to raise the death toll to 66 while 15 people were missing, Xinhua said.

It added that some 5.4 million people were affected, 420,000 of them so severely that they had to be evacuated.

Landslides and floods damaged 157,000 houses to varying degrees in Anhui, causing economic losses estimated so far at 3.4 billion yuan (420 million dollars).

Talim made landfall in the eastern province of Fujian last Thursday. It slowly churned its way through the provinces of Zhejiang, Anhui, Jiangxi and Hubei, dumping heavy rain and causing floods and landslides.

The State Council, or cabinet, has decided to earmark 182 million yuan (22 million dollars) for relief efforts in the affected areas, Xinhua said.

It also issued orders to local governments to make sure people had enough to eat and had access to clean water and adequate health care.

East and southeast China are prone to typhoons and have been pummeled by dozens over the past 50 years.

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