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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 October 2005, 15:47 GMT 16:47 UK
Death toll rises in China typhoon
Residents make their way along a flooded street in Fuzhou, China's Fujian province 03 October 2005.
Areas of Fujian province have been badly flooded
The bodies of 50 people have been found in south-eastern China, where a landslide triggered by Typhoon Longwang hit a police academy, state media say.

Cadets were washed away on Sunday when the academy's barracks in the city of Fuzhou collapsed under the pressure of mud crashing down a hill.

Another 36 people remain missing in the Fujian province as some 7,000 rescuers continue their search for survivors.

The confirmed death toll is now 65, and there are fears the figure will rise.

President Hu Jintao ordered that no effort be spared to search for survivors.

Typhoon Longwang, or Dragon King, made landfall near Jinjiang on Sunday, with winds of up to 120km/h (73 mph).

It destroyed 5,400 homes and 12,500 ha (31,000 acres) of crops in the province, Xinhua said.

Economic damage has been estimated by the China Daily newspaper as about $150m (85m), with the tourism sector the worst affected.

This would normally have been one of the busiest times of the year for Fujian's tourist industry, because of the National Day holiday.

By Tuesday, the winds had mostly died down, although rain was continuing to fall in some parts of Fujian, reports said.

But the bad weather is not over yet.

The authorities in the central province of Hubei have evacuated about 24,000 people along the banks of a tributary of the Yangtze River, ahead of expected heavy rain, Xinhua news agency said.

"The flood is still under control though it seems still severe," Cai Qihua, deputy director of the Yangtze flood control headquarters, is quoted as saying.

The typhoon season has brought three powerful storms to the region in recent weeks, killing more than 150 people.

Typhoons regularly plague Taiwan and eastern China during the summer months. Twelve people were killed by Typhoon Haitang in July.


SEE ALSO:
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