8 Bodies Found as Storm Relief Efforts Continue
The death toll from Typhoon Saomai rose to 114 today with authorities saying some victims died when buildings used as shelters collapsed in the strongest storm to hit the country in more than five decades.
More rain was forecast today for inland areas, where the weakened storm was moving as residents of the southeast coast cleared away the debris of more than 50,000 wrecked houses.
The death toll rose after rescuers found eight more bodies in Fuding, a coastal city in Fujian province, the official New China News Agency said. It said 183 people were still missing.
Chinese authorities distributed emergency food supplies to evacuees and began massive cleanup efforts. More than 20,000 soldiers and paramilitary were mobilized for relief efforts.