1 million flee China super typhoon

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Wicked Waves as high as 9 meters have been reported on China’s south-east coast
Authorities have evacuated almost one million people living on China’s south-eastern coast ahead of the impending arrival of Typhoon Morakot.

Some 473,000 residents of Zhejiang province have been evacuated as well as 480,000 from Fujian, Xinhua reports.
More than 35,000 boats have been called to shore. Morakot dumped 2.5m of rain on Taiwan as it crossed the island.

The flooding in Taiwan was the worst to hit some of the southern counties in half a century.
More than 200cm of rain fell on Friday and Saturday alone, according to the country’s Central Weather Bureau.
At least 29 people were reported missing and one person killed after the typhoon lashed the island.
Flash-flooding was reported to have washed away a makeshift home in southern Kaohsiung, leaving 16 people missing.
Three others were swept away in the south-eastern Taitung county, among them two policemen who had been helping to evacuate villagers.
China’s provincial government has sent more than 8m mobile phone text messages to residents warning them of the typhoon’s approach, the Chinese state news agency reports. Morakot has also contributed to heavy rains in the Philippines, where at least 10 people were killed in flooding and landslides in the north.
Typhoons are frequent in the region between July and September.

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