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Red Cross Society to send relief material to typhoon-hit regions

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BEIJING, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) -- The Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) has launched an emergency reaction program for the eastern China regions hit by a serious typhoon since Saturday, the RCSC said Sunday.

The Chinese Red Cross Foundation has allocated 1 million yuan (142,650 U.S. dollars) for the typhoon-hit regions, the RCSC statement said.

The fund will go to relief programs including family packages for at least 3,000 households, each of which will include the living necessities for a three-member family for a week, the statement said.

Several teams of the foundation staff have already been on the field to evaluate the damages and help organize relief work, the statement said.

Lekima, the ninth typhoon of this year, landed around 1:45 a.m. Saturday in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, bringing heavy rainstorms and triggering flash floods.

A total of 30 people have died and 18 remain missing after the typhoon made landfall, local authorities said on Sunday.

It is expected to make a second landing along the coastline in Shandong late Sunday, the National Meteorological Center warned.