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Disaster relief carried out after Meranti hits Fujian


09-18-2016 05:11 BJT

Typhoon Meranti swept across southeastern China’s Fujian province on Wednesday, causing serious damage in many areas. The local government has started to carry out disaster relief as the storm wears off.

Rescuers relocate an injured man in Nan

Rescuers relocate an injured man in Nan'an, southeast China's Fujian Province, Sept. 16, 2016. Disaster relief and reconstruction were launched after Typhoon Meranti swept away and left severe damages. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)

The city of Xiamen is one of the worst-hit regions. Many trees lining streets were knocked down and houses are now lying in ruins. Relief workers have mostly cleared the traffic, but many public facilities are still not functioning. Xiamen University, known as China’s most beautiful college, suffered a tremendous loss in the storm. The first Chinese character of the school name, “Xia,” was torn down in the gale. 

Water and electricity were out for a period of time. And 22 villages and counties near Xiamen were also damaged to various extents.

More than 50 landslides were reported, and nearly one third of households were without electricity. More than 4,000 residents were evacuated. The typhoon caused a direct economic loss of 70 million yuan.

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