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
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)