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World’s strongest storm killed at last 11 people in China

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BEIJING,China(TNO) The world’s strongest storm this year killed at last 11 people in China when it hit the southeast coast, the government said on Friday(16th Sep), as rescuers scoured flooded streets and work crews struggled to restore power to more than a million homes.Typhoon Meranti had largely dissipated by Friday afternoon, a day after it swept in from the Pacific Ocean, clipping the southern tip of Taiwan, and making landfall near the Chinese port city of Xiamen, in Fujian province.The storm killed seven people in Fujian and three in neighboring Zhejiang province, state media and the government said. Eleven people were missing.More than 330,000 people were returning to their homes on Friday after being forced to flee a storm that meteorologists said was the world’s biggest this year.The typhoon killed one person and injured 38 on Taiwan where people were on Friday preparing for another, Typhoon Malakas, which was forecast to bring heavy rain on Saturday.The Taiwan weather bureau issued land and sea warnings, urging people to be on alert for severe weather and flooding.Meranti was the strongest typhoon to hit that part of China’s coast since 1949, the Xinhua state news agency said.Pictures on state media showed flooded streets, fallen trees and crushed cars in Xiamen.Three power transmission towers were blown down in the city and utility crews were trying to restore power. Across Fujian, 1.65 million homes had no electricity, Xinhua reported.

 

 

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