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Typhoon wreaks havoc in the south

中国日报网 2013-08-20 10:07

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At least 20 people are dead and seven are missing across Guangdong province on Monday afternoon after Typhoon Utor slammed into the region with high winds and torrential rain, according to the Guangdong Provincial Department of Water Resources.

The authorities said that among the casualties, at least 10 died after dikes in Puning and Shantou in eastern Guangdong ruptured on Sunday and Monday, flooding low-lying homes.

Many villages and towns along the coast are flooded, according to a statement by the city government of Shantou on Monday.

"I saw many houses collapse during the storms and some pedestrians were washed away," said a villager named Liao who lives in nearby Simapu. "The water level was still rising by Monday morning."

Liao said the local People's Liberation Army garrison used steamboats and rubber dinghies to help rescue flood victims.

More than 19,000 houses have been destroyed and another 7,000 damaged in 18 cities in Guangdong since Utor swept through western parts of the province on Thursday. So far, Utor has caused 4.9 billion yuan ($800 million) in direct economic losses and affected approximately 4.16 million people.

Many people asked for help through micro blogs when their houses flooded.

Over the past two days, the Shantou bureau of water resources urged locals on its official micro blog to seek help through the social networking platform and inform the authorities of their location and the surrounding flood conditions.

More than 100,000 residents in 22 low-lying villages have been so far relocated, though many villagers were still stranded by noon on Monday.

The cities of Heyuan, Zhanjiang, Maoming, Yunfu, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Meizhou, Shaoguan, Chaozhou, Jieyang, Zhaoqing and Huizhou were hardest hit by Utor, with many houses destroyed or damaged.

Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, was also hit hard by the storms over the past two days.

Thousands of passengers have been stranded in Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport since Thursday after flights were canceled or delayed because of the storms.

At Guangzhou Railway Station, partial service resumed on Monday morning after a one-day suspension due to a landslide in the northern part of the province over the weekend.

Railway officials said a high number of trains would still have to be canceled in the coming days. After rail service was halted on Saturday, more than 80,000 passengers were stranded at the station at one point, one of the country's busiest, according to sources with Guangzhou Railway Corp.

Questions:

1. What is the name of the typhoon that hit Guangdong province?

2. How many homes has the typhoon destroyed?

3. How many days was the Guangzhou Railway Station closed?

Answers:

1. Typhoon Utor.

2. 19,000.

3. 1 day.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

 

About the broadcaster:

Lance Crayon is a videographer and editor with China Daily. Since living in Beijing he has worked for China Radio International (CRI) and Global Times. Before moving to China he worked in the film industry in Los Angeles as a talent agent and producer. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington.

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