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[外语杂侃]CNN report of typhoon Saomai

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August  9

466,000 flee as storm nears China

BEIJING, China -- Nearly half a million residents are being evacuated from their homes in southeastern China as a super typhoon swirls towards them.

Typhoon Saomai -- which has already dumped torrential rains on Taiwan -- is expected to make landfall Thursday in China's Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, state-run Xinhua News Agency has reported.

The typhoon has been gathering strength as it nears China, and is now a category four storm, packing sustained winds of 216 kilometers per hour (134 miles per hour).

One of three storms to have threatened east Asia in the past few days, Saomai is expected to make landfall on China's eastern coast halfway between Hong Kong and Shanghai and close to the city of Wenzhou.

Weather agencies are also warning of heavy rains and winds in parts of Taiwan and Japan.

Saomai, the Vietnamese word for the planet Venus, will be the eighth big storm to hit China during this year's typhoon season.

The storm was headed towards areas that were pounded by Tropical Storm Bilis, which killed more than 600 people last month.

Another typhoon, Prapiroon, lashed China's southern coast last week, killing at least 80 people, The Associated Press reported.

At least 266,000 people have been evacuated from Fujian while another 200,000 have moved from the vulnerable coastal areas of Zhejiang, Xinhua reports.

On Wednesday, Saomai passed across the Japanese island of Okinawa, prompting airlines to cancel 141 flights and affecting 24,000 passengers, AP reported.

The storm was expected to pass north of Taiwan, where the Central Weather Bureau has issued a sea warning. Some Taiwanese air carriers said they canceled domestic flights.

Worsening the potential threat, another tropical storm, called Bopha, is trailing behind Saomai and is also heading towards the Chinese coast.

Bopha crossed Taiwan overnight, with sustained winds of 65 kph (40 mph), Taiwan's weather bureau said.
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发布于:2006-08-15 01:34
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Deaths as super typhoon hits China

BEIJING, China (AP) -- Typhoon Saomai, the most powerful storm to hit China in five decades, raged ashore Thursday and churned across the crowded southeast, killing at least two people, wrecking houses and capsizing ships after 1.5 million residents were evacuated.

Damage was expected to be widespread in areas that were still recovering from Tropical Storm Bilis, which claimed more than 600 lives last month.

Saomai, with winds of up to 216 kph (135 mph), hit land in China in the coastal town of Mazhan in Zhejiang province, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The area is about 1,500 kilometers (950 miles) south of the Chinese capital, Beijing, which wasn't affected.

The Zhejiang provincial weather bureau said it was the most powerful storm to strike China since the founding of the communist government in 1949, Xinhua said.

Saomai, dubbed a "super typhoon" by Chinese forecasters due to its huge size and high wind speeds, was the eighth major storm of this year's unusually violent typhoon season.

It killed at least two people in the Philippines earlier in the week and dumped rain on Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, forcing airlines to cancel hundreds of flights.

In China, two people were killed Thursday in the southern city of Fuding in Fujian province, which borders Zhejiang to the south, Xinhua said. It didn't give any other details.

Eight Taiwanese sailors were missing after two ships capsized in a harbor in Fujian, while four Chinese were missing after their ship struck a reef, the agency reported.

Before the storm hit China, authorities evacuated 990,000 people from flood-prone areas in Zhejiang and 569,000 from parts of neighboring Fujian province, Xinhua said.

Xinhua said 80 people were injured and more than 1,000 houses toppled in and around Mazhan. It said three centimeters (one inch) of rain fell in one hour.

Saomai is the Vietnamese name for the planet Venus.

China's weather bureau forecast a summer of powerful typhoons, saying a warm Pacific current would create bigger storms and weather patterns over Tibet would draw them farther inland.

Bilis set off flooding and landslides as far inland as Hunan province, hundreds of kilometers (miles) from the coast.

Most of the deaths from Bilis occurred in areas away from coastal communities that are protected by dike networks and have long experience in evacuating flood-prone areas.

Farther south on China's coast, Guangdong province and the Guangxi region were lashed last week by Typhoon Prapiroon, which killed at least 80 people in floods and landslides.

The Hong Kong airport said Thursday that 10 flights between Hong Kong and Taiwan and the mainland city of Fuzhou were canceled and 16 delayed.

In the Philippines, two people died and seven were missing after waves and heavy rains from Saomai battered coastal villages, officials said.

More than 200 houses built on stilts were destroyed as waves up to three meters (10 feet) high ravaged the coast of Bongao, the capital of the southern province of Tawi-Tawi, before dawn Wednesday, said provincial Gov. Sadikul Sahali.

A child died and another was reported missing, he said.

"There is floating debris everywhere," Sahali said.

Elsewhere, a man was killed as waves washed away about 200 shanties in seaside villages in Talisay, a city on the central island of Cebu, early Wednesday, the civil defense office said.

Saomai passed north of Taiwan, but the Central Weather Bureau issued a warning for waters off the island's northern coast. Some airlines canceled domestic flights.

Even as Saomai stormed ashore, Chinese forecasters were already closely watching Tropical Storm Bopha, which trailed behind it farther out in the Pacific.

Late Thursday, Bopha was about 180 kilometers (110 miles) southeast of Guangdong and moving west with winds of 47 kph (29 mph), according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

Typhoon kills at least 83 in China

NINGDE, China (Reuters) -- The strongest typhoon to strike China in half a century killed at least 83 people and left many others missing, the official Xinhua news agency said on Friday.

Typhoon Saomai tore into Cangnan County in eastern China's Zhejiang province Thursday after authorities relocated 1 million people in the densely populated commercial province, Xinhua said.

But by Friday morning, Saomai had weakened into a tropical storm as it moved into Jiangxi province, which was bracing for heavy storms and flooding, Xinhua said.

Saomai, Vietnamese for "morning star," capsized boats and collapsed houses as it carved a swath of destruction through southern China, following in the path of seven previous typhoons this season.

A total of 81 people were killed in Wenzhou area, which includes Cangnan, and 11 were missing there, the news agency reported.

Two people were also killed in Fuding in neighbouring Fujian province, where 620,000 people were evacuated. Eight Taiwanese sailors and four Chinese fishermen reported missing earlier there had been rescued.

"Because transport and communications have been cut, the number and identity of the dead and missing is still being established," the agency said.

In Cangnan, 1,000 houses were blown over and 80 people were injured, with many telephone and power lines severed.

The typhoon landed with winds of 216 km (135 mph) per hour -- more powerful than a typhoon that hit Zhejiang in August 1956, triggering a storm surge that killed more than 3,000 people.

A highway to Cangnan was closed, and abandoned cars lay in ditches by the roadway in Ningde. The powerful winds snapped off the tops of trees along surrounding hills.

Tropical Storm Risk (www.tropicalstormrisk.com) had graded Saomai a maximum-category 5 "super" typhoon, but reduced that to category 4 as it made landfall, the same category as Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the U.S. Gulf coast last year.

The greater Wenzhou area, which includes Cangnan and is home to 7.4 million people, declared a state of emergency. Wenzhou authorities said late on Thursday that economic losses to the area -- a trading and manufacturing center -- could amount to 2.3 billion yuan ($288 million).
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发布于:2006-08-15 01:36
August 11

Typhoon Saomai kills 104, weakens

BEIJING, China (AP) -- Typhoon Saomai, the strongest storm to strike China in 50 years, weakened to a tropical depression Friday but drenched the country's southeast after killing at least 104 people, blacking out cities and wrecking more than 50,000 houses.

Another 190 people were missing after Saomai battered areas where more than 1.6 million people had evacuated before it hit late Thursday.

Hardest-hit was Wenzhou, a coastal city where at least 81 people were killed, and 11 were missing, the official Xinhua News Agency said. It said the Wenzhou suffered 4.5 billion yuan ($560 million) in damage, including more than 18,000 flattened houses.

In Cangnan County on Wenzhou's outskirts, 43 bodies including those of eight children were found in the debris of collapsed houses where they sought shelter from the storm, Xinhua said. News photos showed relatives weeping over bodies covered in sheets and quilts.

Saomai's winds gusted at up to 270 kph (170 mph), as it battered the coast Thursday, Xinhua said. But it weakened to a tropical storm Friday morning and by midday the Hong Kong Observatory said its winds had fallen to 20 kph (12 mph), dropping it to tropical depression status.

Torrential rains were forecast over the weekend in a swath of China's south stretching from coastal Zhejiang and Fujian inland to the poor rural provinces of Jiangxi and Anhui.

Much of that region was still recovering from Tropical Storm Bilis, which killed more than 600 people last month, many of them in mountain villages and other inland areas.

Saomai, the Vietnamese name for the planet Venus, was the eighth major storm to hit China during an unusually violent typhoon season. It killed at least two people in the Philippines earlier and dumped rain on Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Airlines canceled hundreds of flights.

In China, deaths were reported in Zhejiang province, where Wenzhou is located, and neighboring Fujian province to the south.

In Fujian, power was knocked out in the cities of Fuding, Xiapu, Zherong, Fu'an and Ningde, state media said.

More than 32,000 houses were wrecked in Fujian, Xinhua said. The government didn't immediately announce statistics on damage to housing in Zhejiang outside of Wenzhou.

State television showed cars flipped over on rain-slicked streets, fallen trees and broken road signs. Exhausted evacuees sat in public buildings waiting out the storm.

Saomai was the most powerful typhoon to hit China since a storm on August 1, 1956, that had winds up to 234 kph (145 mph), Xinhua said. It said that typhoon killed 4,900 people in Zhejiang.

"It is the strongest typhoon that we have ever seen," Xinhua quoted an unnamed official as saying in Fuding, where at least two people were killed. The government said the city got more than 300 millimeters (12 inches) of rain in 12 hours.

Ahead of the storm, about 1 million people were evacuated from flood-prone areas of Zhejiang and 620,000 from Fujian, according to the government.

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More than 20,000 soldiers and paramilitary police reportedly were mobilized for relief work. The Fujian government said it sent 1,500 tents, 3,000 quilts and 50,000 pieces of clothing to storm survivors.

Eight Taiwanese sailors were rescued after their vessel capsized in high waves Thursday, and four China sailors were saved from a boat that struck a reef, Xinhua reported.

Late Friday, the government announced that it was allocating 166 million yuan ($21 million) in disaster aid to regions hit by Saomai and other recent weather disasters.

Last week Typhoon Prapiroon battered Guangdong province and the Guangxi region on China's southern coast, killing at least 80 people.
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发布于:2006-08-15 01:40
August 12

China typhoon death toll hits 163

BEIJING, China (AP) -- China's death toll from Typhoon Saomai rose Sunday to 134, with 163 people missing, as authorities said some victims were evacuees who died when buildings used as shelters collapsed in the strongest storm to hit China in more than five decades.

More rain fell Sunday in inland areas, where the weakened storm was moving westward as residents of the southeast coast cleared away the debris of wrecked houses.

The death toll rose after rescuers found 28 more bodies in Fuding, a coastal city in Fujian province, pushing that community's death toll to 41, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday.

In the inland province of Jiangxi, an elderly couple were swept away Friday as they checked their farmland during the storm, Xinhua said. It said one member of the couple was dead and the other missing.

Much of the area is still recovering from Tropical Storm Bilis, which killed more than 600 people last month.

Hardest-hit by Saomai was the coastal city of Wenzhou, where at least 81 people were killed after the storm hit late Thursday with winds up to 270 kph (170 mph), reportedly destroying more than 50,000 houses, sinking more than 1,000 fishing boats and blacking out six cities.

Cangnan County on Wenzhou's outskirts suffered 43 deaths, some of them in the collapse of two- to four-story residential buildings of reinforced concrete that were thought to be safe in high wind, said a spokesman for the Communist Party committee.

The county evacuated 100,000 people ahead of the storm, said the spokesman, who would give only his surname, Huang.

"Some people were killed because after they moved to friends' or relatives' homes, those homes collapsed," Huang said. "Other people were killed during the evacuation because billboards, trees or power poles fell on them."

Total economic losses in Zhejiang and Fujian were estimated at 11.3 billion yuan (US$1.4 billion; euro1.1 billion), the China Daily newspaper reported on its Web site.

Rescue workers were handing out cooking oil, sacks of rice, clothes and bedding to thousands of people living in shelters in coastal Zhejiang and Fujian provinces.

Local authorities were helping to disinfect drinking water, as well as areas with standing water to prevent disease, China Central Television said.

Bulldozers plowed through piles of wreckage and mud, pushing aside twists of metal and chunks of concrete.

Elsewhere in Zhejiang, a landslide killed six people in the city of Lishui, Xinhua said. Seven people were reported killed in Fujian, while Jiangxi suffered one death in its capital city, Nanchang.

Also Saturday, a flash flood triggered by heavy rains in north China killed at least seven people, including a 1-year-old child, Xinhua said.

The flood occurred Friday in the town of Balgutai in the Inner Mongolia region, where some 1,000 residents were relocated to safety, it said.

Saomai, the Vietnamese name for the planet Venus, was the eighth major storm to hit China during an unusually violent typhoon season.

It killed at least two people in the Philippines earlier and dumped rain on Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The weather bureau said Saomai was the most powerful typhoon since its record-keeping began in 1949.

In 1956, a typhoon with winds up to 234 kph (145 mph) killed 4,900 people in Zhejiang.
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发布于:2006-08-15 01:42
August 13

Massive cleanup after China storm

BEIJING, China (AP) -- Chinese soldiers have been ordered to spearhead a massive cleanup of the typhoon-battered southern region following the strongest storm to hit China in more than five decades.

Some 134 people were killed and 163 remained missing in the wake of Typhoon Saomai, which slammed into China Thursday and raced across Fujian, Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces, the official Xinhua News Agency said on Monday.

Packing winds of up to 270 kph (170 mph), Saomai uprooted trees and power lines, and left thousands of communities flattened and flooded.

The news agency said that People's Liberation Army soldiers had been ordered to repair roads, telecommunication lines, as well as electricity and water supply systems destroyed by Saomai and other recent storms.

Saomai, the Vietnamese name for the planet Venus, was the eighth major storm to hit China during an unusually violent typhoon season. Much of the southern region is still recovering from Tropical Storm Bilis, which killed more than 600 people last month.

Cities hardest-hit by Saomai were coastal Wenzhou, where at least 81 people were killed, and Fuding in Fujian province, where 41 people were killed and some 1,350 were reported injured.

In total, more than 50,000 houses were reportedly destroyed, with 56 provincial roads and national highways inundated and six cities hit by blackouts.

The storm also badly damaged a Buddhist temple built more than 1,000 years ago in Fuding, collapsing its gate house and 20 other buildings. The Ziguo temple suffered damages amounting to 5 million yuan (US$625,000; euro490,000), Xinhua quoted the temple's monks as saying.

Saomai killed at least two people in the Philippines earlier and dumped rain on Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The weather bureau said Saomai was the most powerful typhoon since its record-keeping began in 1949.

In 1956, a typhoon with winds up to 234 kph (145 mph) killed 4,900 people in Zhejiang.
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发布于:2006-08-22 09:54
Saomai, dubbed a "super typhoon" by Chinese forecasters due to its huge size and high wind speeds, was the eighth major storm of this year's unusually violent typhoon season.
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发布于:2006-08-22 16:21
huge size.....I have nothing to say about that..
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发布于:2006-08-22 20:33
So stupid to say "huge size"
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发布于:2006-10-05 17:25
Obviously Saomai was a midget
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"In 1956, a typhoon with winds up to 234 kph (145 mph) killed 4,900 people in Zhejiang. "
JTWC said the maximum speed of winds was 241kph (130kts)
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