Typhoon Soudelor lashes China, kills nine

Powerful typhoon batters China’s east coast as it moves inland

A powerful typhoon crossed the Taiwan Strait and hit China's east coast on Sunday, killing at least nine people.

Chinese media reported that Typhoon Soudelor killed nine people in Hangzhou city, and another three are missing after the storm caused landslides in Zhejiang province.

The authorities cancelled hundreds of flights and thousands of people have been evacuated in the provinces of Fujian, Zhejiang and Jiangxi.

The typhoon churned toward the neighbouring provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangxi on Sunday, the Xinhua state news agency said. As the typhoon moved inland, the Tropical Storm Risk website downgraded Soudelor to a tropical storm.

Local media showed toppled trees and partially submerged vehicles abandoned on flooded roads. With the help of Chinese soldiers, rescue efforts continue for victims of flash floods and mudslides.

Soudelor has weakened to tropical storm but brought heavy devastation to Taiwan and China with winds of up to 230 kilometres an hour. It has caused huge economic damage and cut power to more than two million homes, China's state news agency Xinhua said.

Soudelor battered Taiwan on Saturday, killing at least six people, and injuring nearly 400 others. At least four million people remain without electricity, the authorities said.

Although flood and mudslide alerts have been lifted, Taiwanese officials still warn about more rainfall predicted for the weekend.

Around 55 powerful tropical storms occur in the Pacific every year and the typhoon season runs from May to the end of November.


TRTWorld and agencies