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Typhoon Kai-Tak kills 3, displaces 100,000 in S China

2012-08-20 12:36:12 GMT2012-08-20 20:36:12(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Photo taken on Aug. 20, 2012 shows flooded squares along the Yongjiang River in Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Heavy rainstorms triggered by Typhoon Kai-Tak slashed Nanning, raising the water level of Yongjiang River and flooding some waterfronts. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

Photo taken on Aug. 20, 2012 shows flooded waterfronts along the Yongjiang River in Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Heavy rainstorms triggered by Typhoon Kai-Tak slashed Nanning, raising the water level of Yongjiang River and flooding some waterfronts. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

A fisherman rows a boat on a flooded square in Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Aug. 20, 2012. Heavy rainstorms triggered by Typhoon Kai-Tak slashed Nanning, raising the water level of Yongjiang River and flooding some waterfronts. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

Photo taken on Aug. 20, 2012 shows half-submerged statues on a square in Nanning, capital of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Heavy rainstorms triggered by Typhoon Kai-Tak slashed Nanning, raising the water level of Yongjiang River and flooding some waterfronts. (Xinhua/Huang Xiaobang)

NANNING, Aug. 20 (Xinhua) -- Typhoon Kai-Tak has left three people dead, one person missing and forced over 111,500 people to evacuate their homes in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region as of Monday afternoon, local civil affairs authorities said.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, Kai-Tak, the 13th tropical storm of the year, had ravaged 36 counties in Guangxi, destroying 1,457 homes. Over 212,150 hectares of crops were affected and 2,810 hectares of them were completely destroyed, said a statement from the region's civil affairs department.

Direct economic losses are estimated to be 1.65 billion yuan (262 million U.S. dollars), according to the statement.

Kai-Tak, which hit south China on Friday with heavy rains and strong winds, has also forced the evacuation of 342,000 people in neighboring Guangdong province and 82,000 people in the southernmost island province of Hainan, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the National Commission for Disaster Reduction said on Sunday.

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