Saturday 1 October 2016

Death toll rises after Typhoon Meranti lashes China and Taiwan

Published 16/09/2016 | 07:11

A man outside a destroyed home in Xiamen in south-eastern China's Fujian province after Typhoon Meranti hit (Chinatopix via AP)
A man outside a destroyed home in Xiamen in south-eastern China's Fujian province after Typhoon Meranti hit (Chinatopix via AP)

At least eight people have been reported dead after a powerful typhoon lashed much of south-eastern China and Taiwan.

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China's ministry of civil affairs updated the number of deaths to seven as a result of Typhoon Meranti, which struck Fujian province early on Thursday.

Nine people in China are still missing, the ministry said on Friday.

Taiwanese authorities reported that one person died in the storm.

According to Chinese officials, Meranti forced the relocation of 33 million people and destroyed 1,600 homes.

Images shared by state news media showed power lines downed and destroyed vehicles on streets in the coastal city of Xiamen.

Taiwanese media reported that parts of southern Taiwan remain flooded.

But even as the clean-up is under way there, another typhoon, Malakas, is expected to hit Taiwan late on Friday and Saturday.

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