Deadly typhoon Dujuan sweeps across east China, Taiwan

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Typhoon Dujuan has flooded cities, caused landslides and trapped residents in Zhejiang Province since its landfall in east China on Tuesday morning.

Eastern coastal regions in China ordered boats to shore and evacuated people on land to prepare for Typhoon Dujuan after it made landfall in Fujian province on Tuesday morning.

Deadly typhoon Dujuan sweeps across east China, Taiwan

Typhoon Dujuan causes sea water encroachment, power failure.

The typhoon had already left three dead and more than 300 injured in Taiwan.

Strong winds brought by the typhoon kicked up three-to-four-story high waves that washed out roads and damaged houses near the shore. The huge waves knocked roller shutters of many local shops out of shape and knocked down a 100-meter section of the sea wall.

The iron gate at a scenic spot in Longguan Town of Yinzhou District in Ningbo City was swept away by flood on Tuesday. The staff members with the scenic spot evacuated tourists and prepared to cope with more flooding.

The typhoon, the 21st this year, landed at the southeastern coastal city of Putian in Fujian province at 8:50 am on Tuesday, bringing torrential rain and gales to parts of Fujian and Zhejiang provinces and Shanghai.

It had been expected to move inland but became weakened and hit Jiangxi province on Monday night.

It was forecast to bring heavy rains for a few days, affecting people heading south during the holiday week from Thursday to Oct 7, the Central Meteorological Station said on Tuesday.

The typhoon hit the eastern coastal regions during the highest tide of the year, which would intensify its effect, said Wang Weiguo, senior engineer working at the Central Meteorological Station on Tuesday.

Two people in Taiwan were killed and another 324 people injured as the typhoon swept across the island after its landfall at 5:50 pm on Monday.

The National Marine Environmental Forecasting Center issued a red alert, the highest level, on Monday, ordering the affected regions to call boats back to harbors and evacuate people along the shore.

Fujian has since ordered over 30,000 fishing boats, carrying 160,000 people, to return to shore. Zhejiang evacuated more than 320,000 people from its coastal regions.

Another two tropical cyclones are due to hit the northwestern Pacific Ocean during Golden Week.

“In autumn, it’s still possible to have devastating typhoons, so the coastal regions need to reinforce their efforts to prepare,” Wang said.

Compiled from China Daily, CCTV wires