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Typhoon death toll rises in China
People try to flee through the flooded streets of Fuzhou
The storm sent flash floods surging through city streets
At least 72 people have died in eastern China because of flooding and landslides triggered by Typhoon Talim.

About 52 were killed in Anhui province, Xinhua news agency reported. It also said 15 died in the city of Wenzhou and five in Jiangxi province.

More than 20 people are missing. Hundreds of thousands have been affected by Talim, which has destroyed property estimated at $1bn (540m).

The storm hit China on Thursday after killing two in Taiwan.

Roads, buildings, telephone exchanges, electricity and water supplies were badly damaged after Talim made landfall on Thursday.

In Anhui province alone more than 100,000 people had to leave their homes.

Up to a million people were moved from low-lying coastal flood plains in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, Xinhua said.

NASA satellite image shows Typhoon Talim approaching Taiwan

There have also been reports of extensive damage to crops.

In one mountainous rural area, mudslides buried two buildings with 11 people still inside.

One died before rescue teams arrived, while five others were hurt.

Almost 12,000 homes were damaged in the south-eastern coastal city of Wenzhou, in Zhejiang province, Xinhua said.

Serious flooding throughout southern and eastern China this year has killed more than 1,000 and left hundreds missing, presumed dead.

Typhoons regularly hit Asian nations along the western edge of the Pacific Ocean throughout the summer months.

Typhoon Nabi, a separate storm, is heading towards southern Japan, with winds of up to 160km/h (100 mph).

It is expected to batter much of Japan over the next three days.

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