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UPDATED: 18:47, July 29, 2006
Death toll from Typhoon Kaemi rises to 32
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The death toll from Kaemi has risen to 32 on the Chinese mainland with at least 65 others missing, Xinhua News Agency reported.

Li Baojun, an official with the Ministry of Civil Affairs' disaster-relief department, said on Friday the typhoon had caused losses of 3.64 billion yuan (US$449.4 million).

Li said the ministry had dispatched two work teams to disaster areas, one to Jiangxi and Hunan provinces, the other to Fujian and Guangdong provinces.

In Hunan Province, Kaemi has affected 1.4 million people, causing losses of 680 million yuan (US$84 million).

It brought continuous torrential rains to Chenzhou in the southeast of the province since Tuesday night, leaving six missing and forcing 276,700 people to evacuate.

The unfortunate city was also battered when Typhoon Bilis swept through the province earlier this month.

In Jiangxi Province, the provincial government allotted 2 million yuan (US$246,900) in relief funds to the worst-hit Shangyou County near Ganzhou .

E Jingping, secretary-general of the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters and vice-minister of Water Resources, said on Thursday that this year's floods had killed 1,076 people and left 359 missing. E said floods had altogether affected 96.57 million people and destroyed 505,000 houses, causing losses of 74.3 billion yuan (US$9.17 billion).

In another development, China's central meteorological bureau gave a rainstorm forecast at 10 am on Friday, saying torrential rains would hit and then linger in southwest Guangdong, south Hunan, south and east Guangxi, north Anhui and north Jiangsu in the coming two to three days.

The bureau reminded authorities to be well prepared against possible disasters such as mountain floods and mud-rock flows.

Guo Jinlan, an expert from the Beijing Meteorological Bureau, said Kaemi has not had much influence on the city's weather. Guo said Beijing is now on the edge of a subtropical anticyclone, which will bring a warm and humid current, so the city will experience humid weather in the coming two to three days.

Source: China Daily

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