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Death toll from Typhoon Sepat rises

Photo taken on August 18, 2007 shows the big wave at the Dongtou Island of Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province.[Xinhua]

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Typhoon Sepat brought rainfall of 40 millimeter per hour to Wencheng County, disrupting power supply in eight townships and villages.

Before its landfall, Sepat spawned a tornado that smashed buildings and killed 11 people in the Cangnan Township of Wenzhou on Saturday night.

Typhoon Sepat landed in Chongwu Town, Hui'an County of Quanzhou City early Sunday morning, lashed the central and northern parts of the province with gale and rainstorm. Rainfall from 8 am Saturday to 8 am Sunday reached 200 millimeters in 11 of Fujian's 95 counties, cities and districts and exceeded 300 millimeters in two regions.

The typhoon damaged 366 houses in Quanzhou City of Fujian, inundated 5,920 hectares of crops, cut off road traffic and power supply lines in some regions, affecting 162,600 people and inflicting an economic loss of 72 million yuan.

The typhoon also caused severe damages in Zhejiang, ruining 19,700 hectares of crops, wrecking 28.7 km of power supply lines and 22.1 km of dams, affecting 616,000 people across the province and resulting in a direct economic loss of 250 million yuan (US$32.9 million).

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