Typhoon Winnie kills 140 in east China
August 21, 1997
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BEIJING (CNN) -- High winds and torrential rains from one of
the worst typhoons to batter China in a decade have caused
the deaths of at least 140 people, mostly in homes that
collapsed in the storm, officials said Thursday.
About 3,000 people have been injured since early Monday, when
Typhoon Winnie slammed into China's eastern coastal province
The storm wreaked havoc across the province for 11 hours,
destroying tens of thousands of homes, flooding fields,
damaging dams and sea dikes, and disrupting transportation.
The dead and injured were residents of low-lying coastal
areas, according to a preliminary investigation, an official
of the provincial government said. Thousands of people have
been left homeless.
Some people died from electric shocks from wires blown down
by high winds, the official said. Many of the injured were
hit by flying debris; others were hurt when they were blown
off roads, the official said.
The storm damaged 1.6 million acres of farmland in Zhejiang
province alone, causing economic losses of $2.2 billion, the
In Taiwan, the typhoon killed 37 people and left six missing
when apartment buildings collapsed under the storm's fury.
And in the Philippines, flooding spawned by the storm killed
16 people and forced 60,000 to abandon their homes.
The death toll would have been higher if authorities in
Zhejiang, neighboring Jiangsu province and the city of
Shanghai had not evacuated 790,000 people from coastal towns
and villages in the path of the typhoon, authorities said.
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