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Typhoon lashes China after killing 6 in Taiwan

A typhoon is pounding southeast China, leaving more than a million homes without power after lashing Taiwan, where it downed trees, traffic lights and power lines, and left six people dead and four missing.

Typhoon Soudelor hit the city of Putian in Fujian province late Saturday night and was expected to move across the region, China's official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The storm earlier caused more than 3 million households in Taiwan to lose electricity, with streets strewn with fallen trees.

All 279 domestic flights on the island were canceled on Saturday, as well as at least 37 international flights. At least 101 people were injured in the storm.

An 8-year-old girl and her mother died when they were swept out to sea Thursday from a beach on the east coast, Taiwan's official Central News Agency reported. The girl's twin sister remains missing.

Other casualties included a firefighter who was killed and another injured after being hit by a drunk driver as they attempted to move a fallen tree in the island's south.

The center of the storm made landfall in eastern Taiwan before daybreak Saturday. By mid-morning, Soudelor was packing maximum sustained winds of 1621km/h, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said.

The typhoon weakened later Saturday with top winds of up to 144km/h while moving away from the island in a northwesterly direction.

Strong winds and heavy rains were expected to continue in Taiwan.


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