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Culture & Living, China


A powerful typhoon hit Hong Kong and the southern China coast on Monday, killing at least 20 people on the mainland, crippling power lines and causing flooding and gale force winds, Reuters reported.

Typhoon Usagi, the strongest storm to hit the Western Pacific this year, began pounding the Asian financial center late on Sunday. More than 370 flights were canceled.


Storms and torrential rain caused widespread flooding and landslides that left at least 33 people dead and 12 missing in southern China, the government said on Friday, dpa reported.

At least 19 died and 11 were missing in the worst-hit province of Guangdong after rainstorms swept across most parts of southern China from Tuesday, the Ministry of Civil Affairs reported.

The storms, floods and landslides destroyed 2,675 houses and affected some 650,000 people in Guangdong, provincial officials said.


A landslide in south-western China early Friday killed at least 32 people and left dozens missing, officials said, dpa reported.

The death toll reached 32 as rescue workers sifted through the debris, the local authorities of Zhenxiong county in Yunnan province said on its website.

The search was continuing for less than 10 people still missing.

The landslide destroyed 14 houses and damaged another two in Gaopo village, 550 kilometres north-east of the provincial capital, Kunming, county police said.

It occurred at 8:20 am (0200 GMT), the official Xinhua news agency reported.


Eleven children died after a minivan carrying them to their kindergarten plunged into a pond in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi, state media said on Tuesday, DPA reported.
The van was carrying 15 children and a teacher through a rural area of Jiangxi's Guixi city on Monday when it left the road and fell into the pond, which was some 3-4 metres deep.

Three children died at the scene of the accident and eight others died in hospital after emergency treatment failed to save them, the government's Xinhua news agency said.


Egyptian locals have freed the 25 Chinese workers they held on Tuesday in Arish, North Sinai, an official with the Chinese embassy to Cairo said early Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

The workers were in good condition, Ma Jianchun, commercial affairs counsellor of the embassy told Xinhua.

They were freed at around 3 a.m. local time (0100 GMT) on Wednesday and were arranged to stay in a military hotel in Arish, Ma said.


Seventeen Russian passengers were injured Friday morning after their tourist bus overturned in Heilongjiang Province, said local authorities, Xinhua reported.

The accident happened around 5 a.m. on the National Highway 202 in the city of Wudalianchi, said Wang Wei, head of the city's traffic police brigade.

Seventeen of the 28 Russian passengers aboard the bus were injured, but their injuries were not life-threatening, Wang said.

The injured were rushed to hospital and six of them were still receiving medical treatment, he said.

Police are investigating the cause of the accident.


Police in a central Chinese city has apologized for its threatening remarks directed at a complaining netizen that caused a public backlash, Xinhua reported.

The individual who wrote the remark has been removed from his post, said Liang Shizhong, a spokesman for the Public Security Bureau of Nanyang City in central Henan Province.

The netizen, "Public-Spirited Citizen," had complained about overly zealous traffic regulation that targeted motorcycles in Nanyang and suggested all motorcycles avoid certain roads or run red lights to elude traffic police.


A 5.3-magnitude earthquake hit a remote county in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Wednesday, but no casualties or damage have been reported.

The quake shook Toksun County of Turpan Prefecture at 9:53 a.m., according to the China Earthquake Network Center, Xinhua reported.

Toksun County is about 160 km from Urumqi, the regional capital.

The epicenter was monitored at 43.0 degrees north latitude and 88.3 degrees east longitude with a depth of about five kilometers, the center said.


Rain-triggered floods have caused 14 deaths and left 53 people missing in southwest China's Guizhou Province, according to the provincial civil affairs authority on Tuesday.

The 14 deaths were reported in the worst-affected Wangmo county, where 52 people were reported missing. Another person was reported missing in Luodian county, Xinhua reported.

The floods have forced at least 45,000 residents of Wangmo County to evacuate, the county's flood control and drought relief office said in a press release.

Three thousand others remain stranded, according to the press release.


Two miners have been confirmed dead and 18 more remained missing in two flooded coal mines in southwest China, local authorities said.

Rescuers found another body when clearing sludge inside the flooded shaft of a coal mine in Guiyang, the capital city of Guizhou Province, the rescue headquarters said in a statement. The first body was found late Tuesday night, Xinhua reported.

Ten miners remained trapped more than four days after the flooding as high density of gas once hampered the rescue efforts.