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Nine dead, 18 missing after remanants from typhoon Nepartak strike China

Typhoon Nepartak caused a damage of 900 million Yuan ($134.60 million), with 16,000 hectares (40,000 acres) of crops destroyed and more than 900 houses wrecked, China's civil affairs ministry said. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Beijing, China Jul 11, 2016, 06.33 AM (IST)
Nine were killed and 18 missing after wind and torrential rain brought by the remains of super typhoon Nepartak swept into China over the weekend, the government said today.

The deaths were all in the south-eastern province of Fujian, where the typhoon made landfall, the civil affairs ministry said in a statement on its website.

Total economic damage has been put at 900 million yuan ($134.60 million), with 16,000 hectares (40,000 acres) of crops destroyed and more than 900 houses wrecked, the ministry said.

In Taiwan, the storm caused at least three deaths and more than 300 injuries.

The storm is expected to worsen already severe flooding in parts of central and eastern China as its remnants slowly make their way inland.

Typhoons are common at this time of year in the South China Sea, picking up strength over warm waters and dissipating over land.

Typhoons used to kill many in China but the government now enforces evacuations and takes precautions well in advance, which has helped save many lives.

(Reuters)
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