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Typhoon Son-Tinh leaves 1 dead, 5 missing in S. China

(Xinhua)

08:07, October 30, 2012

BEIJING, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Son-Tinh has left one person dead and another five missing in south China's Hainan Province, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Monday.

The typhoon has also forced around 126,000 people to be relocated in the island province as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Son-Tinh has affected around 1.26 million residents in the province's 11 county-level regions, the ministry said.

The typhoon has destroyed more than 700 houses and damaged more than 2,400 others. It also affected 41,100 hectares of crops, leading to direct economic losses of 910 million yuan (about 145.73 million U.S. dollars).

Hainan has experienced gales and high waves since Saturday as the typhoon hit the region. Local authorities have urged all shipping boats to return to harbor and ferry services into and out of the island have been suspended due to safety concerns.

Son-Tinh, the 23rd typhoon of the year, weakened to a strong tropical storm on Monday morning.

It made landfall in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region at around 1 p.m. on Monday after sweeping across north Vietnam, according to China's meteorological authorities.
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