Typhoon Imbudo killed at least six people and caused economic damage worth an estimated 1.9 billion yuan (HK$1.8 billion) during its brief passage through Guangdong on Thursday, according to preliminary reports. The figures, which were released by the Guangdong Civil Defence Office, said Imbudo affected 4.78 million people in seven cities and 381 counties and towns, and had destroyed 5,950 homes. The Guangzhou-based Yangcheng Evening News yesterday reported that there had been at least six deaths. Three people were killed by hailstones in Lianjiang and Louding, while Taishan, Enping and Zhongshan each reported one death. The official figures showed that the agriculture and fishery sector suffered losses of 923 million yuan while the industrial and transportation sector logged 253 million yuan in damages. Imbudo, the strongest typhoon to hit Guangdong directly since Typhoon Sally in 1996, put paid to an estimated 14,240 tonnes of grain and cereal harvests, killed about 5,800 livestock and damaged 29 roads, two mid-sized reservoirs and 180km of dykes. In comparison, Sally left 330 people dead, flattened 260,000 houses and caused damage valued at 2.15 billion yuan. Imbudo slammed into Guangdong mid-morning on Thursday with force 12 gales - the strongest on the Chinese scale - and had left the province by early in the afternoon.