الأحد , يونيو 14 2020

China typhoon leaves trail of damage

At least 12 people have died in south-eastern China after a powerful typhoon caused floods and mudslides.

Thousands were evacuated and millions of homes left without power as Typhoon Soudelor barrelled through Fujian and Zhejiang provinces on Saturday.

One coastal area saw more than 50cm (20 inches) of rain in 24 hours, the heaviest for a century.

The typhoon earlier swept across Taiwan, leaving at least six people dead and several missing.

Half-a-million people were still without power on the island on Sunday, the Taiwan Power Co said.

Soudelor has now weakened to a tropical storm as it heads inland.


Some areas saw their heaviest rainfall for a century


A window broken by the winds of Typhoon Soudelor in Xiamen, Fujian province


A handout picture from a fire department in Taiwan shows the rescue of a young child

Fujian raised its typhoon alert to the highest level in anticipation of the storm, with at least 163,000 people evacuated to higher ground. There are reports of more evacuations in neighbouring Zhejiang.

In Fujian’s main city Fuzhou, more than 10,000 trees were blown down and there was widespread flooding.

Rail services and flights were cancelled in the path of the storm, and schools and offices closed.

Twelve people were killed and five are missing as heavy downpours caused mudslides in rural areas of Wenzhou municipality, in the south of Zhejiang province, Xinhua news agency reported.

Dozens of houses are reported to have collapsed in both provinces.

Soudelor made landfall in Taiwan earlier on Saturday, with winds of more than 230km/h (142mph), ripping up trees tearing down billboards and triggering landslides.

Among the victims were an eight-year-old girl and her mother who were swept out to sea.

A firefighter was reportedly killed after being hit by a drunk driver as he tried to move a fallen tree.

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