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Typhoon claims 35 lives in China, S. Korea

Flooding, landslides responsible for most of the deaths

Updated: 7:58 a.m. ET July 10, 2006

SEOUL, South Korea - A typhoon that killed more than 30 people across China slammed into the Korean peninsula on Monday, killing at least five more, flooding farms and affecting transport, officials said.

Heavy rain and strong winds lashed South Korea’s west coast as Typhoon Ewiniar cut a northeast path across the country, dumping as much as 7.9 inches of rain in South Kyongsang province, weather officials said.

Four people were killed and another went missing on Sunday as the typhoon approached the peninsula. One woman died on Monday when she was swept away in a swollen river, the National Emergency Management Agency said.

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Flood waters destroyed several dozen homes, broadcaster YTN reported. Numerous flights were also canceled.

The storm was losing strength as it headed toward southern parts of North Korea and then to waters east of the peninsula, weather officials said.

Typhoon Ewiniar, which prompted evacuations of cities along China’s eastern seaboard on Saturday, missed China altogether but caused flooding due to heavy rains. It then weakened into a tropical storm and rolled into South Korea.

In China, seven oilfield workers were killed in a landslide in the northwestern province of Gansu on Thursday, the China Daily said.

Sixteen died in the southwestern province of Yunnan on Thursday and Friday and a landslide in the suburbs of Taiyuan, capital of the northern province of Shanxi, killed 11 migrant workers in an iron mine on Saturday.

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