Typhoon Soudelor leaves 14 dead, 4 missing in China

2015-08-10 13:00
A man passes a damaged structure after Typhoon Soudelor hit Taipei, Taiwan. (Wally Santana, AP)

A man passes a damaged structure after Typhoon Soudelor hit Taipei, Taiwan. (Wally Santana, AP)

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 Beijing (dpa) - At least 14 people were killed and went four missing in a typhoon in eastern China over the weekend, authorities said.

Typhoon Soudelor made landfall on the south-eastern province of Fujian and moved to neighbouring Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces before being downgraded to a tropical storm.

The storm triggered mudslides in rural areas of Zhejiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Twelve people were killed and four were missing in the hardest-hit city of Wenzhou, and two were killed in Lishui.

The victims were washed away by flash floods or buried in house collapses or landslides, Xinhua cited provincial flood control officials as saying.

The typhoon forced 188 400 people to relocate, Xinhua reported.

Local media footage showed vehicles being picked up by gusts or buried in road cave-ins, and people on the streets struggling to escape to safety.  

Soudelor, packing maximum sustained winds of 173km per hour, earlier left six people dead and four missing in Taiwan, authorities said Sunday.

Traffic lights and power lines were down in many parts of the island.

State-run Taiwan Power Company said the typhoon had caused electricity outages for about four million households, the biggest power loss ever to result from a typhoon in the island's history.

The typhoon also left at least 379 people injured on the island. About 7 700 accidents resulted from fallen trees and shop signs, emergency operations officials said.

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