A total of 14 people were killed and at least four remain missing after Typhoon Soudelor, which became the strongest tropical storm so far this year, hit eastern China over the weekend.
Twelve casualties were reported in and around Wenzhou, Zhejiang, while two people were killed in the neighboring city of Lishui, Xinhua reported.
Local disaster relief officials said that the dead and missing may have been washed away or buried after downpours triggered mudslides and caused buildings to collapse.
According to agency reports:
About 1.58 million people in the city were affected by the typhoon by Sunday afternoon, the agency said, estimating direct economic losses at $644 million.
Nearby Wencheng county saw downpours of 645 millimetres (25.4 inches) in 24 hours — the heaviest in 100 years — after the typhoon made landfall on Saturday night, according to earlier Xinhua reports.
The storm had landed in Fujian province and initially cut power to more than three million homes there, according to the agency, but more than a third had electricity restored by early Sunday.
Billed as the biggest typhoon of the year last week with winds of up to 230 kilometres 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.
Before reaching the mainland, Soudelor also wreaked havoc in Taiwan. The death toll there has climbed to six, including a pair of eight-year-old twins and their mother, who were reported missing after they were swept away by flooding on Thursday.
Other victims in Taiwan include a firefighter in Pintung county and man in Suao who was buried by a falling billboard, ABC News reports.
Dramatic footage posted online yesterday shows Soudelor sending people and vehicles flying in the air, even lifting a plane off the ground. Watch below:
WATCH: Typhoon Soudelor sends people and vehicles flying, lifts a plane off the ground.>> http://shst.me/bog
Posted by Shanghaiist on Sunday, August 9, 2015