Typhoon Triggers Deadly Effects

A Chinese man lays injured from a wall collapse that killed another and injured two on the streets of downtown Fuzhou, southeastern China's Fujian province, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005. Nearly 600,000 people were evacuated as Typhoon Talim plowed into southern China on Thursday, packing winds of up to 184 kilometers per hour. Talim hit land around 4:00 p.m. in the coastal province of Fujian, and was moving northwest at about 22 kph the Hong Kong Observatory reported. (AP Photo)
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Flooding and landslides triggered by Typhoon Talim killed at least 45 people on China's mainland and left 21 missing, the government said Saturday.

At least 14 people were killed in the southeastern coastal city of Wenzhou and another 31 in the inland province of Anhui, the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing local officials.

Talim roared ashore Thursday, wrecking houses, damaging crops and roads and knocking out power and phone services.

Before it hit the mainland, the storm killed at least two people on Taiwan and injured 24 others.

Xinhua didn't give any more details of how the deaths occurred or the identities of the victims.

The storm knocked down 11,789 houses in Wenzhou in Zhejiang province and damaged homes in the Dabie Mountain area of Anhui, Xinhua said in separate reports.

Talim weakened to a tropical storm late Thursday and moved inland.

The local government in Wenzhou estimated losses at 3.4 billion yuan ($420 million), Xinhua said. It said crops were damaged in Anhui but didn't give a figure for economic losses there.

The storm forced the evacuation of nearly 1 million people in Zhejiang and neighboring Fujian province from low-lying coastal areas and mountain villages that are prone to flash floods.

Flooding cut power in the Fujian provincial capital of Fuzhou and forced schools to cancel classes. Highway travel was disrupted and some airline flights canceled.