28 dead, 15 missing after typhoon lashes China

28 dead, 15 missing after typhoon lashes China
People walk amid downed tree limbs after a typhoon in Xiamen in southeastern China's Fujian province. AP

Fujian - Typhoon Meranti made landfall in Fujian province after winds and rains associated with it pounded Taiwan, leaving one person dead and more than 50 injured.



By AP/Reuters

Published: Sun 18 Sep 2016, 10:16 AM

Last updated: Sun 18 Sep 2016, 12:21 PM

The strongest typhoon to hit China this year has left 28 people dead and 15 others missing in the east of the country.
Typhoon Meranti made landfall early Thursday in Fujian province after winds and rains associated with it pounded Taiwan, leaving one person dead and more than 50 injured.
Authorities in Fujian said on Saturday that the typhoon had left 18 people dead and 11 missing, damaged more than 18,300 houses and caused direct economic losses of more than 16.9 billion yuan ($2.5 billion).
Authorities in neighbouring Zhejiang province say that 10 people died and four remained unaccounted for following landslides and flash floods in rural areas.
Taiwan saw wind and rain from a second typhoon, Malakas, that caused no apparent deaths. That typhoon was also forecast to bring more storms and rains to Zhejiang and Fujian.
China issues alert for second typhoon in a week 
China is bracing for its second typhoon in a week after government raised their alert to "orange" for Typhoon Malakas on Saturday, just as southeastern provinces continue to clean up after an earlier, stronger storm, state news agency Xinhua reported.
Malakas will be the 16th storm of this year's typhoon season, coming after Typhoon Meranti made landfall in Fujian province on Thursday. That storm has killed at least 28 people in China and Taiwan and cut power to more than a million homes.
Ahead of landfall, Meranti drew a "red alert" in China's warning system for severe weather that ranks red as most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue. Meranti has since caused over 16.9 billion yuan ($2.53 billion) of damage, authorities said.
Malakas is expected to bring heavy rains to the coasts of Zhejiang and Fujian provinces as well as parts of Taiwan from Saturday night to Sunday, Xinhua reported quoting China's National Meteorological Center.
Authorities had earlier on Saturday issued a "yellow" alert for Malakas, but raised it to "orange" later after it skirted Taiwan.
Waves as high as 4.4 metres (14.44 ft) are likely in those coastal provinces and ships are advised to stay clear of the area, said China's National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center.
Support teams have been sent to Zhejiang and Fujian provinces as well as the commercial hub of Shanghai to prepare aid and relief, Xinhua said.
In Taiwan, Malakas has prompted schools and companies to close and disrupted flights and train services. No damage or casualties have been reported.
Before Meranti struck mainland China, dozens of flights and train services were cancelled, disrupting travel at the beginning of a three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday. Meranti was the strongest typhoon to hit that part of the coast since 1949, Xinhua said.
Typhoons are common at this time of year, picking up strength as they cross warm Pacific waters, and bringing fierce winds and rain when they reach land.
 
 


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