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China Typhoon Leaves Three Missing

July 3, 2001

BEIJING (AP) _ A typhoon that ripped through southern China damaged thousands of homes and demolished crops, causing at least $450 million in damage and leaving three people missing, officials and state media said Tuesday.

Hardest hit when Typhoon Durian slammed into Guangdong province on Sunday was the city of Zhanjiang, where it damaged 12,700 homes as it dumped a foot of rain, said a Zhanjiang official who gave her surname as Xu.

Eleven people were injured when a fruit market collapsed in Yangjiang, said Chen Baodeng, a city official. The typhoon damaged 110 homes there, he added.

Winds of up to 104 mph ``completely wiped out″ sugarcane fields and banana trees and killed more than 52,000 farm animals in Zhanjiang, Xu said.

Nearly three-fourths of the city’s homes lost power and water, though services had been restored to more than half of those by Tuesday afternoon, Xu said. Final exams at a Zhanjiang middle school were postponed, the China Daily said.

More than 2,000 passengers were stranded at the airport in Haikou, the capital of the southern island province of Hainan, it said.

The typhoon struck less than two weeks after a tropical storm that hit Fujian province killed at least 73 people.

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