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Strong typhoon hits China

BEIJING – Powerful Typhoon Fitow today

rammed into eastern China after triggering the

evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people. With

winds up to 151 kmph (93 mph), the storm landed in

Fujian province early in the morning, bringing heavy

rains and causing widespread power cuts.

The authorities had issued the highest alert – red –

for the area.

At least two people were killed by the typhoon,

state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

One victim was on his way to rescue a fisherman

when he was blown off a hill by strong winds late on

Sunday, Xinhua said.

Some homes are said to have collapsed in

neighbouring Zhejiang province and two port workers

were missing.

Typhoon Fitow – named after a flower – made

landfall at 01:15 local time on today (17:15 GMT

Sunday) in the city of Fuding, Chinese meteorologists


The typhoon had affected over three million people

in Zhejiang and caused economic damage of over two

billion yuan (BDS$660 million), Xinhua said, citing

the provincial flood control office.

Parts of China have been hit by up to 200mm (eight

inches) of rain, AFP news agency reported.

Over the weekend the authorities drafted in the

army to help strengthen flood defences. (BBC)

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