Typhoon Gloria Kills 3 in Taiwan, Downgraded to Tropical Storm
Jul. 27, 1996
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ Typhoon Gloria was downgraded to a tropical storm after lashing Taiwan and the Philippines and killing 33 people.
Today, Gloria was centered over China's southeast coast near the port city of Xiamen, packing sustained winds of 49 mph, down from 69 mph on Friday.
Authorities said three people died in the storm in Taiwan and 30 in the Philippines.
A 5-year-old girl was killed by a fallen tree during a kindergarten party in Tainan, southern Taiwan, police said. In eastern Taiwan, a motorcyclist drowned after being blown into a creek, and a villager was killed after he fell from his roof while making repairs.
Gloria caused rock slides that disrupted traffic along Taiwan's east coast. Heavy rains flooded fields and overflowed river banks.
In the Philippines, Gloria killed 30 people and caused at least $37.4 million in property damage, relief officials said. Eight more people were reported missing.
In Vietnam, the confirmed death toll from Tropical Storm Frankie rose to 41, the official Vietnam News Agency said today. It said 224 people were injured. Property damage was estimated at about $91 million.
Most of the casualties and damage were in three coastal provinces _ Thai Binh, Nam Ha and Ninh Binh, located on either side of the mouth of the Red River. But cities and provinces all along the river were battered Tuesday and Wednesday by the worst storm of the year.