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Last Updated: Monday, 3 October 2005, 06:33 GMT 07:33 UK
Southern China drenched by storm
Wind and waves pound the Taiwanese coast on Sunday

A typhoon has dumped heavy rain on parts of south-eastern China after buffeting Taiwan.

More rain and gales were expected on Monday, sparking fears of landslides, the China News Service said.

However, Typhoon Longwang, which weakened after causing widespread damage in Taiwan, has done less damage in China than was feared.

China's authorities evacuated more than 300,000 people in Fujian and Guangdong provinces ahead of its arrival.

The typhoon made landfall near Jinjiang late on Sunday with winds of up to 120km (73 miles) per hour at its centre, the Xinhua news agency reported, but it has since dissipated.

"The typhoon has quickly weakened into a tropical depression," an official at the meteorological bureau in Fujian province told the French news agency AFP.

"It is not having too big an impact here. There are rainfalls in some regions but they are not too bad," he said.

Damage in Taiwan

On Sunday, wind speeds reached 137km/h (85mph) as the storm lashed the eastern part of Taiwan.

It killed one man when his house collapsed on top of him, while a woman was reported missing after being washed into a swollen river.

Forty-six people were injured, most of them suffering cuts from broken glass.

Seven houses were destroyed, while strong gusts of wind lifted roofs off four homes and a university dormitory in the east coast mountain city of Hualien.

Half a million homes were affected by power cuts.

Typhoons regularly plague Taiwan and eastern China during the summer months. Twelve people were killed by Typhoon Haitang in July.




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