Typhoon affects over 450,000 people in China

July 30th, 2008 - 4:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Fuzhou (China), July 30 (Xinhua) More than 450,000 people have been affected in eastern China by typhoon Fung Wong, the eighth tropical storm to hit the country this year. The typhoon, which was downgraded to a tropical storm Tuesday, destroyed more than 100 houses and forced the evacuations of 390,000 people in Fujian province.

Some 70 enterprises had to suspend operations, disrupting production worth about $74 million.

The typhoon weakened into a tropical storm early Tuesday and was moving northwest towards Qianshan county in Jiangxi province, bringing heavy rain and winds.

The storm is expected to continue for three more days, with a total precipitation of 150 mm in northern areas of Jiangxi by Saturday, the provincial meteorological observatory predicted.

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