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Two killed as Typhoon Kai-Tak hits S China

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English.news.cn 2012-08-19 17:17:42

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

• Typhoon Kai-Tak left two people dead, two missing and forced 530,000 people to be relocated.

• The deaths and missing persons were all reported in the severely-hit Guangxi.

• The typhoon destroyed about 4,200 houses, damaged another 17,300 in Guangdong and Guangxi.

BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Kai-Tak left two people dead, two missing and forced 530,000 people to be relocated as of noon on Sunday, according to official figures.

According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction, the typhoon destroyed about 4,200 houses and damaged another 17,300 in south China's Guangdong Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

The deaths and missing persons were all reported in the severely-hit Guangxi, where over 2.45 million people in 34 counties were affected, according to the regional civil affairs department.

According to statistics released Saturday, the typhoon has caused economic losses of over 1.48 billion yuan (about 232.8 million U.S. dollars) in the region.