Dead and Missing Near 200 as Chinese Typhoon Causes Landslide
The number of dead and missing from Typhoon Chebi was approaching 200 in China Tuesday after a landslide killed at least 22 migrant workers in the city of Hangzhou.
As rescuers searched for scores of people missing after the typhoon ripped through the southeastern coastal region, officials warned the final death toll would rise further.
"We are still counting but the figure will be higher," said an official in the port of Fuzhou, where the typhoon made landfall over the weekend.
The official Xinhua news agency has reported that 79 people were dead and 87 missing around the city of Fuzhou after the typhoon, packing winds of up to 155 kilometres (95 miles) per hour, pounded the coast of Fujian province.
In a later report, the agency said that 65 out of 80 missing seamen and fishermen had been rescued since the storm slammed into the region late Saturday and early Sunday.
It was unclear whether any of the missing seamen were included in the previous toll.
In Hangzhou, torrential rains brought by the typhoon were seen as the main cause of a landslide which engulfed a primitive tenement inhabited by migrant workers -- BEIJING (AFP)