181,000 evacuate eastern China due to typhoon

Beijing, Aug 10 (IANS) A total of 181,000 people were forced to evacuate eastern China’s Anhui province after it was hit by typhoon Soudelor, the 13th this year, media reports said on Monday.

After hitting Taiwan earlier Saturday, Soudelor made landfall in China later at night in Fujian province and from there it moved to Zhejiang, Jiangxi and Anhui provinces on Sunday.

The typhoon claimed the lives of 14 people. Four others were reported missing in Zhejiang, the Global Times reported.

According to an official statement, more than 550,000 people and 19,600 hectares of crops in ten cities were affected by the typhoon. Some 562 houses collapsed and another 1,194 were damaged.

Direct economic losses totalled 560 million yuan ($91.5 million), the statement added.

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