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Chinese Police Trainees Swept Away By Floods

Fifty-nine paramilitary police trainees have been swept away by floodwaters sparked after Typhoon Longwang hit China's southeast coast.

The trainees were staying in barracks in Fujian Province when the violent floods hit on 3 October. China's state media reported that two buildings at the barracks were washed away.

President Hu Jintao ordered that no efforts be spared to search for the police trainees.

Typhoon Longwang, which means Dragon King in Chinese, slammed into southeast China late on 2 October. Local authorities said confirmed deaths in Fujian Province stood at 15. Half a million people were evacuated from the area.

The typhoon also killed at least one person on the island of Taiwan before hitting mainland China.

(Compiled from agency reports)