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Last Updated: Sunday, 19 August 2007, 20:36 GMT 21:36 UK
Eastern China lashed by typhoon
Wind-blown men dash to taxi in Hsintien, Taipei County, on 18 August
Men dash for shelter in a taxi in Hsintien, Taipei County
Typhoon Sepat has been battering south-eastern China killing 15 people, after almost a million were evacuated, state media has reported.

Winds of up to 119km/h (74mph) hit east China's Fujian province early on Sunday, toppling billboards and lifting roofs, Xinhua news agency said.

A tornado thought to be spawned by the typhoon killed 13 people and injured more than 60 in Zhejiang province.

Sepat battered Taiwan on Saturday, disrupting power and causing mudslides.

Some 1,800 people were evacuated from their homes.

Torrential rains

More than 540,000 people were moved from their homes in Fujian, and 370,000 were evacuated in the provinces of Zhejiang and Guangdong, emergency officials told Xinhua.

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Two people died and another was reported missing in Fujian after the typhoon triggered floods and mudslides.

More than 100 domestic and international flights were cancelled and many major roads in the area were closed.

Since the storm hit China, at 0200 local time (1800 GMT on Saturday), torrential rains have been reported in the coastal cities of Wenzhou, Pingyang and Taishun.

Forecasters say the storm is heading north-west, towards Jiangxi province.

On Saturday, meteorologists in Taiwan recorded sustained winds of 126km/h (78mph) off the country's coast.

There were unconfirmed reports of one death in Taiwan from Sepat, which earlier blew through the Philippines.

The typhoon is named after a species of fish.


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