Egypt extends condolences to China over typhoon victims
CAIRO, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Egypt expressed on Monday its condolences to China for casualties and losses caused by Typhoon Lekima.
In a statement, Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs offered "sincere condolences over the victims of Typhoon Lekima which hit a number of areas in eastern China."
The statement also affirmed that the Egyptian government and people stand with the government and people of "the friendly China in such a crisis."
Typhoon Lekima has left 49 dead and 21 missing in eastern Chinese provinces of Zhejiang, Shandong and Anhui, wreaking havoc there with strong gales and torrential rains.
By Monday morning, the death toll in Zhejiang Province has risen to 39 while nine others remained missing, said the Zhejiang provincial flood control headquarters.
The ninth and strongest typhoon of the year has affected 6.68 million residents in Zhejiang, among whom 1.26 million were evacuated. It damaged 234,000 hectares of crops, inflicting a direct economic loss of 24.22 billion yuan (about 3.4 billion U.S. dollars).