14 dead as typhoon lashes China’s east coast

14 dead as typhoon lashes China’s east coast

A typhoon battered China‘s east coast on Sunday, killing 14 people and forcing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of thousands more.

The 14 were killed after being washed away by flash floods or buried under collapsed houses or landslides, state news agency Xinhua said, citing authorities in Zhejiang province. Another four people were missing.

Typhoon Soudelor forced more than 188,400 people to leave their homes in Zhejiang and 320,000 in neighbouring Fujian, Xinhua said. More than 530 flights were cancelled and 191 high-speed trains were suspended.

The typhoon had killed six people in Taiwan earlier in the weekend, then moved across the Taiwan Strait and slammed into the mainland’s Fujian province late on Saturday. Read more

 

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