Reports from China say two people have been killed as Typhoon Damrey slammed into the southern tropical resort island of Hainan with wind speeds near 200 kilometers an hour.
Officials said today (Monday) that Damrey is the strongest storm in more than 30 years to roar across the island -- but the full extent of the storm's destruction is unknown.
Reports from Hainan say that at least 100-thousand people have been evacuated.
A 27-year-old Indonesian women has died and a doctor says initial tests showed she had bird flu.
Dr. Sardikin Giriputro -- deputy head of Jakarta's Sulianto Saroso hospital for infectious diseases -- said today (Monday) that further testing would be needed to confirm the diagnosis.
The Australian government says it is increasing aid to Indonesia to help combat a bird flu outbreak.
Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said today (Monday) that Canberra will donate an additional 40 thousand courses of the anti-viral medication Tamiflu to Indonesia.
Tens of thousands of residents of Houston, Texas are expected to return home today (Monday) as U.S. authorities continue to assess the damage to the Gulf Coast caused by Hurricane Rita.
Houston -- the nation's fourth-largest city -- escaped the worst of the storm, which has so far claimed only two lives. Officials credit the massive evacuation of three-million people ahead of the storm for the low death toll.
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