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More deaths as typhoon sweeps into China

Published 15/09/2016

Taiwan's Central News Agency said 44 people were injured as a result of Typhoon Meranti
Taiwan's Central News Agency said 44 people were injured as a result of Typhoon Meranti

A powerful typhoon has swept into south-east China after hitting Taiwan, leaving two dead and dozens injured.

Weather officials in both China and Taiwan said Meranti was the strongest storm of its kind this year.

Chinese state media reported one death and one person missing, as high winds and rain shattered windows on tall buildings, knocked down trees and disrupted water supplies in China's Fujian province.

It caused a widespread blackout in the coastal city of Xiamen.

In Taiwan, the Central News Agency reported one person was killed and 44 injured on the island by the storm. It said Meranti knocked out power in almost a million homes and water in more than 700,000.

More than 140 trains heading into south-east China have been cancelled. An 800-year-old bridge in Fujian province was one casualty of the storm; state media released video of a rapidly flowing river pushing against the bridge until it fell in.

Another video posted online shows a large, moon-shaped balloon bouncing between cars on a roadway. The balloon was an apparent decoration for the start of the three-day Mid-Autumn Festival in both mainland China and Taiwan.

Chinese meteorologists have downgraded Meranti from a super typhoon to a tropical depression and said they expect it to fade further as it moves north.

AP

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