Typhoon Death Toll Rises in China to 134

China's death toll from Typhoon Saomai rose to 134 after rescuers found 20 more bodies Sunday, a government news agency reported.

Another 163 people were still missing in towns and cities along China's southeastern coast, where the storm landed late Thursday, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Hardest-hit was Zhejiang, where the typhoon made landfall on Thursday, and the bulk of the deaths occurred in the city of Wenzhou, where at least 81 people were killed and 11 were missing, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

It said Wenzhou suffered $560 million in damage, including more than 18,000 flattened houses.

Late Friday, the government announced it was allocating $21 million in disaster aid to regions hit by Saomai and other recent weather disasters.

Much of the area is still recovering from Tropical Storm Bilis, which killed more than 600 people last month, many of them in mountain villages and other inland areas.

Saomai, the Vietnamese name for the planet Venus, was the eighth major storm to hit China during an unusually violent typhoon season.

Saomai's winds gusted up to 170 mph as it battered the coast Thursday, Xinhua said. The weather bureau said Saomai was the most powerful typhoon since 1949, when they began keeping records.

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