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Typhoon leaves trail on damage

August 9, 2015 6:00 pm

At least 12 people have died in south-eastern China after a powerful typhoon caused floods and mudslides.

Thousands were evacuated and millions of homes left without power as Typhoon Soudelor barrelled through Fujian and Zhejiang provinces on Saturday.

One coastal area saw more than 50cm (20 inches) of rain in 24 hours, the heaviest for a century.

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The typhoon earlier swept across Taiwan, leaving at least six people dead and several missing.

Half-a-million people were still without power on the island on Sunday, the Taiwan Power Co said.

Soudelor has now weakened to a tropical storm as it heads inland.

Fujian raised its typhoon alert to the highest level in anticipation of the storm, with at least 163,000 people evacuated to higher ground. There are reports of more evacuations in neighbouring Zhejiang.

In Fujian’s main city Fuzhou, more than 10,000 trees were blown down and there was widespread flooding.

Rail services and flights were cancelled in the path of the storm, and schools and offices closed.

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