China braced for deadly typhoon Soudelor
Typhoon Soudelor lashed Taiwan, downing trees, traffic lights and power lines, and leaving at least six people dead, four missing and dozens injured.
The typhoon brought strong winds and heavy rainfall as it made landfall and was expected to move into the Taiwan Strait and onto mainland China later in the day.
A total of 101 people were hurt in Taiwan and more than three million households lost electricity as the powerful storm left streets strewn with fallen trees. All 279 domestic flights were cancelled today, as well as at least 37 international flights.
An eight-year-girl and her mother died when they were swept out to sea on Thursday from a beach on the east coast, the agency said. The girl's twin sister remains missing.
Other casualties included a firefighter who was killed and another injured after being hit by a drunk driver as they attempted to move a fallen tree in the island's south, the news agency said.
The authorities in south-east China ordered the evacuation of about 158,000 people and ships back to port ahead of the typhoon, which was expected to hit Fujian province tonight.
On Friday afternoon, marine police rescued 55 university students and teachers trapped on a small island where they had been attending a summer camp, after strong gales stopped ferry services, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.