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Death Toll From Tropical Storm Hits 518 in China


China's official news agency says the death toll from Tropical Storm Bilis has risen to 518.

Xinhua says Guangdong province reported an additional 36 deaths Saturday. On Friday, the official death toll doubled from previous counts.

The Xinhua report did not say how the newly reported deaths occurred.

Rains from the tropical storm caused massive flooding and triggered landslides in several provinces. Hardest hit was Hunan, where the storm is blamed for the deaths of 346 people.

Bilis hit China's southeastern coast July 14, after first striking the Philippines, where it left 28 dead. One person was killed in Taiwan.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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