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Typhoon Usagi kills 25 in southern China

September 23, 2013, 10:59 UTC+3
Over 3.56 million residents were affected by the typhoon
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Photo EPA/LI QIZ

Photo EPA/LI QIZ

BEIJING, September 23 (Itar-Tass) - At least 25 people have been confirmed dead after typhoon Usagi hit southern China’s Guangdong Province, the Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

According to the local administration, over 3.56 million residents were affected by the typhoon, 226,000 of them had been evacuated. Over 7,100 houses were destroyed. The damage inflicted by Usagi is estimated at 3.24 billion yuan ($529.5 million).

Usagi, which means 'rabbit' in Japanese, reached China on Sunday. It is the 19th typhoon to hit Asia this year. Hong Kong named Usagi the strongest typhoon over the past 50 years. Earlier it claimed two lives in the Philippines, destroyed electric power supplies and caused a landslide in Taiwan.

The Hong Kong Stock Exchange cancelled morning trades on Monday over the typhoon.

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