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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 July 2006, 03:35 GMT 04:35 UK
Typhoon Kaemi loses its strength
Residents in a boat on a flooded road in Manila
Typhoon Kaemi brought torrential rain to the Philippines capital
Typhoon Kaemi has been downgraded to a tropical storm, after hitting China's Fujian province with heavy rains.

Hundreds of thousands of people were evacuated before the typhoon hit the area. It had already caused extensive damage in the Philippines and Taiwan.

Although it has now lost some of its strength, Kaemi is expected to bring more heavy rain to China and Taiwan in the next few days.

Kaemi is the seventh storm to hit the region this season.

China is still coping with the aftermath of Typhoon Bilis, which claimed more than 600 lives when it hit the south of the country earlier this month.

Fujian province was lashed by up to 150mm (10 inches) of rain, and winds at a speed of more than 100 km/h (62 mph), according to China's official Xinhua news agency.

It was downgraded to a tropical storm soon after it made landfall.

There were no reports of deaths, injuries or serious damage, but the authorities had taken no chances.

More than 430,000 people living in Fujian fled from their homes in advance of the typhoon, and about 44,000 fishing boats were ordered to seek shelter, Xinhua reported.

Previous disaster

Typhoon Kaemi passed across the Philippines on Monday, where two people have been reported missing and 27,000 are said to have been displaced as a result of floods.

The typhoon then headed to Taiwan, where it caused further disruption. Schools were closed in several cities and domestic flights were cancelled, but no major damage was reported.

Chinese officials feared that Kaemi could bring further destruction to southern areas which are still recovering from landslides and flooding caused by Typhoon Bilis, which hit the region on 14 July.

Homes were destroyed and land flooded in six provinces, forcing three million people from their homes.

The government of Hunan province, where Bilis caused hundreds of deaths, has accused local officials of deliberately playing down the death toll, after investigations showed far more people had died than previously reported.


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