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Typhoon Khanun hits East China, killing 14
By Shao Xiaoyi , Cao and Bao Xinyan (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-09-13 06:07

Many other Zhejiang residents are recovering from the chaos caused by Khanun. About 1.05 million people in Zhejiang who had fled began to return home, to deal with the floods and repair the damage.

Zhejiang Province was the hardest hit, with damages amounting to 6.89 billion yuan (US$849 million).

More than 5.11 million people in Zhejiang were affected, with 68,300 trapped in their homes in Taizhou alone. A total of 7,468 houses were damaged. And 224,600 hectares of farmland were affected, with 48,000 hectares ruined, the provincial flood relief headquarters said.

In Jiangsu Province, Suzhou and Danyang bore the brunt of Khanun's rain and wind. "I was in a taxi when it hit. The rain was so heavy that the taxi seemed to be driving in a river," said Wang Ling, a young woman who got home at about 2:30 am yesterday in Suzhou. School officials in Suzhou cancelled classes yesterday.

In Shanghai, officials reported that a man was hit by a neon light while he walked past the ticket building of Shanghai Railway Station. His left arm was seriously hurt, but no update on his condition is available.

More than 160,000 residents were evacuated.

Service has resumed at Hongqiao and Pudong airports.

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