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Typhoon death count rises to 9

NINE people have been killed and nine others remained missing as Typhoon Koppu roared through south China's Guangdong Province, local authorities said yesterday.

All the missing were swept away by floods and the dead were killed by typhoon-triggered mud-rock flows, landslides, house collapses and flooding, according to Guangdong Flooding and Drought Relief Headquarters.

As of 4pm yesterday, more than 1.44 million local residents in 287 townships in the province were affected by the typhoon, according to headquarters statistics.

The typhoon has brought torrential rain to the province. Although it relieved the drought in north and east Guangdong, it also caused disruption.

The headquarters said more than 19,800 local residents had been moved to safety in the besieged city of Luoding.

More than 1,250 houses in Yangchun, Xinyi and Luoding cities have been destroyed by the typhoon.

Three people in Chuanbu Township in Luoding City and four in Sihe Town of Xinyi City were among the fatalities.

All four in Sihe were suffocated in mud. Two were local villagers, including a father and a son, and the others migrant workers from southwest China's Yunnan Province.


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