Tropical storm Nanmadol racks up 6.9 mln USD in losses, damage

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A man rides in the rain in Fuzhou, capital of southeast China's Fujian Province, Aug. 31, 2011, after the tropical storm Nanmadol landed on Fujian's Jinjiang City. Nanmadol, the 11th tropical storm hit China this year, made a landfall in Jinjiang early Wednesday. (Xinhua/Zhang Guojun)

BEIJING, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- Authorities in China said a tropical storm caused losses of more than 44 million yuan (6.9 million U.S. dollars) and destroyed hundreds of homes as it battered the country's southeastern coast.

As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, 138,000 people had been evacuated, 110 houses destroyed and another 600 damaged as Nanmadol, the 11th tropical storm to hit China this year, skirted the coast of Fujian Province, the Ministry of Civil Affairs said in a statement.

The ministry said more than 272,000 people have been affected so far.

Nanmadol has brought heavy rainfall to the region since Monday, with precipitation expected to last until Friday. Local authorities warned that a large amount of accumulated rainfall may trigger torrential flooding and landslides.

Nanmadol weakened to a tropical depression early Wednesday morning after bringing heavy rains to Fujian.

Coastal cities in Fujian have been battered by downpours since Nanmadol landed in the city of Jinjiang at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, according to the provincial meteorological authority.

Nanmadol is expected to further weaken before leaving Jinjiang, the provincial meteorological authority said. Editor: Deng Shasha