FUDING, Fujian Province, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Not even a tranquilizer and a lack of food for four days can calm Deng Aju.
She is immersed in sorrow - her husband is gone forever after falling victim to the killer typhoon Saomai that has claimed at least 138 lives in Fuding County of east China's Fujian Province.
Deng, in her 30s, constantly repeated the name of her husband, a fisherman, and beat her breasts even after the tranquilizer injection.
Her 12-year-old daughter tried to console her, but she herself burst into tears when relatives mentioned the name of her father.
Officials with Fujian Provincial Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said most of the 138 victims were killed when the typhoon broke the moorings on their ships which had sought refuge in the harbor. Of the 138, 116 died at sea. At least 86 others are still missing.
Many people waited at the port for news of their relatives. Cries were heard whenever a body was recovered and taken back to land.
Fuding, a coastal city, also suffered great losses in its fishery industry. The typhoon destroyed nearly all of the city's 70,000 net-pens and destroyed more than 1,000 fishing boats in Shacheng township alone.
A fisherman named Zhou Chuanqing in Shacheng told Xinhua that he had lost 20 net-pens full of fish worth more than 300,000 yuan (37,500 U.S. dollars) during the typhoon.
"The loss of some families in the town may exceed one million yuan (125,000 dollars)," Zhou said.
Fuding's economic loss from the typhoon is valued at 2.5 billion yuan (312.5 million dollars), including 1 billion yuan (125 million dollars) in the fishery industry.
Saomai also damaged an 1,146-year-old Buddhist temple, collapsing its gate house and 20 other buildings. The damage to the Ziguo temple totaled 5 million yuan (625,000 U.S. dollars).
Saomai, the eighth typhoon in China this year, slammed into Cangnan County of Zhejiang Province at 5:25 p.m. on Thursday and moved to Fuding a few hours later. It was downgraded to a tropical depression by 11 a.m. on Friday.
China's death toll from Saomai had risen to 255 by 2 p.m. on Monday, with another 41 bodies discovered in Fuding city. Enditem