Super typhoon causes heavy damage in China

Beijing, Oct 1 (IANS) Super typhoon Dujuan has caused heavy losses in China’s coastal provinces of Zhejiang and Fujian, the media reported on Thursday.

Dujuan, the 21st typhoon of the year, made landfall in Fujian on Tuesday morning. It killed two people and injured 324 in Taiwan previously, Xinhua news agency reported.

In Fujian, Dujuan affected over a million people, with 430,200 evacuated, the provincial flood control headquarters said. No casualties have been reported so far, although its direct economic losses have been estimated at 2.4 billion yuan ($377.5 million).

Four-hundred houses were destroyed and about 31,000 hectares of crops were damaged across seven cities and 51 counties in the province.

As of Thursday, heavy rains have stopped and the flood control headquarters removed its emergency response for the typhoon.

In Zhejiang, Dujuan affected 663,400 people and caused direct economic losses of 1.75 billion yuan. No casualties were reported.

Zhejiang’s Ningbo city was severely hit by the typhoon, with 359,600 people affected and 123 villages and townships inundated.

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