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One Missing in Tropical Storm in Southeastern China
    2008-06-26 10:00:29     CRIENGLISH.com

Tropical storm Fengshen has struck China's southeastern coast, bringing new torrential downpours to a region already soaking with heavy rains and deadly flooding since early June.

CRI Reporter Chen Xi has the story.

Tropical storm Fengshen has brought more wet misery to southern China on Wednesday with heavy rains and strong winds, after killing hundreds in the Philippines as a typhoon.

China's southeast was already trying to recover from flooding earlier this month that had killed at least 63 people, forced the evacuation of more than 1.66 million and caused billions of dollars in damage.

Fengshen has landed in Shenzhen, an economic powerhouse, near Hong Kong, on Wednesday morning, with winds of up to 83 kilometers per hour.

The local meteorological station in Shenzhen has forecast almost 20 centimeters of rain on Wednesday and Thursday.

Both Shenzhen and Hong Kong closed schools and more than 13,000 ships in Guangdong Province came back to harbor before the storm made its landfall.

Flood control authorities in Shenzhen revealed that no deaths had been reported.

However, one crew member is reported injured and another is missing after falling into the sea, as their container ship made an emergency mooring off Shanwei City in the province.

In addition, according to China Central Meteorological Station, Fengshen's heavy rains would also affect neighboring provinces of Fujian, Guangxi, Jiangxi and Hunan.

Chen Xi, CRI News

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