Oct 9, 2015

Typhoon Soudelor hits mainland China causing high winds, floods and landslides

Taiwan
China
by
The Telegraph
Rescue workers walk on a flooded street at a town hit by Typhoon Soudelor in China's Fujian province. Photo: Reuters, China Out
Rescue workers walk on a flooded street at a town hit by Typhoon Soudelor in China's Fujian province. Photo: Reuters, China Out

A typhoon that lashed Taiwan dumped heavy rain and winds on the Chinese mainland on Sunday, leaving a total of 22 people dead or missing, collapsing homes and trees and cutting power to more than a million homes.

Typhoon Soudelor made landfall in China's Fujian province late on Saturday night and was downgraded into a tropical storm as it moved across the region.

State broadcaster CCTV showed people wading in knee-deep water in the provincial capital of Fuzhou and said that some streets were submerged under 30 inches of floodwater.

Rains from the typhoon triggered mudslides in mountainous Pingyang county in Zhejiang province, north of Fujian, killing nine people and leaving three others missing, the county government said.

Authorities had evacuated more than 370-thousand people and ordered around 32-thousand boats back to port before the typhoon struck land.