Dozens Missing After Typhoon Megi Hits China

Four people have died, 32 declared missing and scores others injured after heavy rains triggered two landslides in China’s Eastern Zhejiang province Wednesday, Xinhua reported.

The rains from typhoon Megi hit two villages in the province, one landslide occurred at around 5pm (GMT+8) in Sucun village, 26 people from the village are missing while the second landslide occurs at Boafeng village with 6 people from the village unaccounted for, Xinhua confirmed. A search team is currently on the ground looking for the missing people.

The rains have caused severe flooding in the region, some property have been destroyed and goods have been swept away living millions without shelter.

Typhoon Megi which hit China on Wednesday was packed with winds blowing at 182km/h with some areas experiencing more than 300 mm of rain has caused massive destruction in the country. Rivers burst from their banks, the floods overturned a tourist bus, roads were blocked by trees uprooted by the strong winds and millions of homes suffered power loss. Several structures have also been reported to have collapsed from the strong winds.

China is prone to typhoons at this time of the year and a local newspaper reports that over 100,000 people had been relocated before the storm hit the town and schools and offices across the country had been closed.

 

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