Typhoon Soude­lor kills 12 in China: media

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE -

Typhoon Soude­lor killed 12 peo­ple in eastern main­land China and five are miss­ing af­ter parts of the coun­try were hit by the heav­i­est rains in a cen­tury, state media re­ported Sun­day.

The ca­su­al­ties were re­ported in and around Wen­zhou city in the province of Zhe­jiang, where down­pours caused mud­slides and sev­eral houses col­lapsed on Satur­day night, Xin­hua News Agency re­ported.

It quoted lo­cal dis­as­ter re­lief of­fi­cials as say­ing the dead and miss­ing may have been washed away by floods or buried un­der ru­ined homes.

About 1.36 mil­lion peo­ple in the city were af­fected by the typhoon, the agency said, es­ti­mat­ing di­rect eco­nomic losses at 3.83 bil­lion yuan (US$617 mil­lion).

Nearby Wencheng county saw down­pours of 645 mil­lime­ters in 24 hours — the heav­i­est in 100 years — af­ter the typhoon made land­fall on Satur­day night, it said.

The storm had landed in Fu­jian province and cut power to more than 3 mil­lion homes there, Xin­hua said, but more than a third had elec­tric­ity re­stored by Sun­day morn­ing.

Billed as the big­gest typhoon of the year last week with winds of up to 230 kilo­me­ters (140 miles) an hour, Soude­lor — named af­ter a leg­endary Mi­crone­sian chief — has since weak­ened.

China’s Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter forecast the typhoon would be down­graded to a trop­i­cal de­pres­sion by Sun­day night as it moved fur­ther in­land.

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