1 dead, 27 miss­ing af­ter Megi strikes East China

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By HUMEIDONG in Fuzhou and XUWEI in Bei­jing Con­tact the writ­ers at xuwei@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A land­slide trig­gered by Ty­phoon Megi left 27 peo­ple miss­ing in Lishui, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, on Wednes­day, ac­cord­ing to the news of­fice of the provin­cial gov­ern­ment.

A num­ber of homes were hit in Su­cun vil­lage in Suichang county, the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties said.

Res­cuers pulled two fe­male vil­lagers alive from the de­bris. About 400 res­cuers were at the scene.

Mean­while, thou­sands of peo­ple were re­lo­cated, as roads and streets were flooded. Megi made land­fall in Fu­jian prov­ince on Wednes­day morn­ing, killing at least one per­son and leav­ing a trail of de­struc­tion.

Four peo­ple were killed in Tai­wan as the ty­phoon crossed the is­land on Tues­day.

Megi, the 17th ty­phoon this year, brought down­pours to the coastal ar­eas of Fu­jian as it packed winds of over 118 km/h, ac­cord­ing to me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal au­thor­i­ties.

The ty­phoon also forced the re­lo­ca­tion of 122,600 peo­ple in Quanzhou.

The one per­son who died was killed as the down­pour trig­gered a flash flood and hit his res­i­den­tial com­pound in De­hua county on Wednes­day.

In Fuzhou, the provin­cial cap­i­tal, the ty­phoon brought down pours that flooded streets and left thou­sands of res­i­dents stranded in their homes.

“I was ex­pect­ing a down­pour with the ty­phoon, but I did not ex­pect the floods on the streets would linger for such a long time,” said a nurse from Tai­jing Hospi­tal in Fuzhou, who would only pro­vide her sur­name, Xu.

Some com­mu­ni­ties have of­fered res­i­dents free rides in rub­ber boats to commute out of their flooded com­mu­ni­ties to work places, hos­pi­tals, rail­way sta­tions or air­ports.

The Fuzhou air­port can­celed more than 100 flights in and out of the air­port in re­sponse to the ty­phoon, and the provin­cial rail­way au­thor­i­ties can­celed about 100 trains.

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