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BEIJING (AP) _ Heavy rains from Typhoon Utor in southern China and storms in the west have killed at least 46 people, state media said Monday.
Utor blew over houses, sank fishing boats and set off landslides when it hit Guangdong province Friday after killing at least 121 people in the Philippines, the Xinhua News Agency said.
At least 23 people were killed in Guangdong on China’s southeastern coast, Xinhua said. Damage there was estimated at $300 million.
In Nanning, capital of Guangxi province, which borders Guangdong to the west, more than 300,000 civilians and soldiers piled sandbags and reinforced dikes to hold back surging rivers, the newspaper People’s Daily said.
Utor was downgraded to a tropical storm before it hit Hong Kong and China. Forty-four people were missing in the Philippines, and the storm killed at least one person in Taiwan.
In western China, heavy rains killed at least eight people Monday in the city of Haidong in Qinghai province, Xinhua said. At least seven others were missing.
Seventeen houses were destroyed in the provincial capital of Xining, Xinhua said. Trucks and tractors were swept away and highways and communications equipment damaged.
Xinhua said late Monday that at least 15 people had died in rainstorms over the past week in a mountainous area of Yunnan province on China’s southwestern border with Vietnam.
Rains that started July 4 damaged houses, schools and roads in Jinping county, Xinhua said. It said damage there was estimated at $4.6 million.