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Typhoon Kaemi Weakens, Kills 2 in Southeast China


Chinese authorities say Typhoon Kaemi killed at least two people in southeastern China Wednesday before weakening into an area of low pressure.

Local officials in Guangdong province say a landslide caused the two deaths early Wednesday morning in Wuhua county.

Kaemi came ashore Tuesday, near Jinjiang city in China's Fujian province and was downgraded into a severe tropical storm.

The storm dumped heavy rain today on Fujian, Guangdong and several other Chinese provinces. It also forced scores of flights to be canceled Tuesday in the cities of Fuzhou and Xiamen.

Prior to Kaemi's arrival, authorities in Fujian evacuated more than 600,000 residents from low-lying areas.

While Kaemi was still a typhoon, it brought heavy rains to the northern and central Philippines. Two people were reported missing after being swept away by flood waters in Quezon City and Bulacan province.

Philippine authorities say 27,000 people were displaced by flooding in the capital, Manila, and other parts of Luzon island.

Kaemi also injured several people in Taiwan and disrupted air and road transport on the island before hitting China.

Southeastern China is still recovering from Tropical Storm Bilis, which killed 612 people and caused massive flooding and mudslides in several provinces.

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