Soudelor typhoon hits China, 18 killed

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Soudelor typhoon hits China, 18 killed
Soudelor typhoon hits China, 18 killed
Soudelor typhoon hits China, 18 killed

The death toll from Super Typhoon Soudelor, which has lashed China with rainfall not seen in over a century and forced evacuation of more than 3.34 lakh people, rose to 18 on Monday after four more deaths were reported.

Soudelor killed four persons and coerced authorities to evacuate at least 1.81 lakh people in east China’s Anhui province since it entered yesterday morning, authorities said.

More than 550,000 people and 19,600 hectares of crops in ten cities were affected by the typhoon.

Some 562 houses have collapsed and another 1,194 damaged, according to the provincial civil affairs department.

All the 14 killed were either washed away by flash floods or buried under the debris of collapsed buildings or landslides, said provincial flood control authorities.

The typhoon brought heavy downpour to the regions. Precipitation in some counties reached 700 mm over the past two-and-a-half days, not recorded in up to 120 years.

By afternoon yesterday, the typhoon hit 1.58 million people and forced 188,400 to relocate in Zhejiang.

Three airports in the province were also shut, with over 530 flights cancelled. The typhoon led power outage to nearly 785,000 homes, but 60 per cent of the services resumed by late evening yesterday.

More than 50,000 rescuers have been dispatched to Wenzhou alone to help cope in the aftermath of the disaster.

Authorities have warned people against flash floods and landslides.

After pounding Taiwan and leaving six people dead, Soudelor landed in Fujian Province and moved to neighbouring Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Anhui provinces.