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Nine killed by super typhoon Soudelor in China

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Sunday, 9 August,Beijing : Nine persons were killed and three others listed missing as Super Typhoon Soudelor left behind a trail of destruction in eastern China, with heaviest rains in a century causing mudslides and cave-ins leading to house collapses, state media reported on Sunday.

The dead and missing people may have been washed away by floods or buried under the collapsed houses in Wenzhou City in Zhejiang Province, state-run Xinhua news agency reported, citing local flood control and drought relief authorities. After pounding Taiwan where it claimed six lives and injured 102 people, Soudelor made a landfall in the Chinese coast on Saturday night in Fujian Province and moved from there to neighbouring Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces.

In Wencheng county, under the jurisdiction of Wenzhou, precipitation within 24 hours hit 645 mm, the heaviest in a hundred years, officials said. A total of 2,21,900 people were affected in Wenzhou, with a direct economic loss of 248 million yuan.

Zhejiang Province issued an orange alert for rainstorms earlier on Sunday. So far precipitation in 16 cities and counties reached 250 mm. The city of Fuding experienced the heaviest downpour of over 501 mm. In the provincial capital of Fuzhou, much of the downtown area was waterlogged. More than 10,000 trees had fallen and traffic stalled on flooded streets. A total of 1,63,200 people were evacuated to shore on Saturday night, according to the provincial flood control and drought relief office.

Power supply to over two million households was affected, and was restored for 6,30,000 households on Sunday morning after urgent repairs. Three airports in the province were also closed, with more than 530 flights cancelled. Six expressways were closed. Also, 191 high-speed trains were cancelled.

As the typhoon moved to east China’s Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces, the Fujian flood control and drought relief office downgraded the level-three typhoon emergency response to level-two. Meanwhile, east China’s Jiangxi Province launched a level-three emergency response as the typhoon was expected to land in the province around noon on Sunday.

PTI