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Typhoon Matmo kills 13 people in China

People cover themselves with a plastic sheet to shield from strong wind and heavy rainfall as Typhoon Matmo hits Hefei, Anhui province July 24, 2014. (REUTERS/Stringer)

BEIJING: A typhoon has killed 13 people in China and left thousands in need of basic living supplies, the Civil Affairs Ministry said Sunday.

Typhoon Matmo dumped heavy rain on Taiwan before making landfall in China Wednesday and being downgraded to a tropical storm. It brought strong winds and heavy downpours to several provinces.

Nine deaths were reported in eastern Jiangxi province and four in southern Guangdong province, while nearly 290,000 residents have been relocated and some 37,000 are in urgent need of basic living supplies, the ministry said. The storm also destroyed homes and crops and caused direct economic losses of 3.37 billion yuan ($547 million), it said.

The bad weather associated with Typhoon Matmo in Taiwan is considered a likely factor in a plane crash on a small Taiwanese island that killed 48 people Wednesday.

 

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