Guangdong swept away

Typhoon Fanapi beats down on China

By Anna Frey

The death toll from the results of Typhoon Fanapi, the storm that battered China last Monday, has now reached 70.

Landslides and flooding are to blame for much of the casualties, reported CBC. In addition to the lives lost, dozens of people are still missing.

Fanapi, the 11th typhoon to hit China this year, caused tens of millions of dollars in damage, pouring down over a metre of rain in some areas.

More than 100,000 people have been evacuated from or have had their homes damaged in Guangdong Province, one of the hardest hit areas. “The… government was urging people to prepare as much as possible,” Carl Azuz, a CNN student news anchor reported.

The total number of people affected by the storm is estimated to be 1.26 million, with a total of 98,000 of those having to be evacuated from their homes, officials in China said.

Helicopters have been used to distribute aid to stranded victims, dropping rice, bottled water, blankets, clothes and tents.

Taking into account the amount of farmland ravaged by the storm, officials in China stated that their economic losses due to Typhoon Fanapi would reach over $300 million.

The dead include five people who were swept away when Xinyi Yinyan Tin Mine in Xinyi city was hit by a landslide and collapsed.

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