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In photos: Deadly Typhoon Soudelor makes landfall in China

STR / AFP | Rescuers carry an elderly woman out of her flooded home in Ningde, eastern China on Sunday August 9, 2015.

Typhoon Soudelor continued to batter eastern China Sunday, a day after making landfall in the country. At least 12 people have been killed by the storm, said state media, with parts of the country hit by the heaviest rains in a century.

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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.

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

Nearby Wencheng county saw downpours of 645 millimetres (25.4 inches) in 24 hours – the heaviest in the region for 100 years – it said.

 

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

Earlier in the week, it left six people dead as it passed over Taiwan, where it ripped up trees and triggered landslides, damaging electricity lines and knocking out power to a record four million households.

With winds of up to 230 kilometres (140 miles) an hour, Soudelor – named after a legendary Micronesian chief – was billed as the biggest typhoon of the year.

However, it has weakened as it heads further inland and China's National Meteorological Center forecast it would be downgraded to a tropical depression by Sunday night.

 

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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