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Powerful storm hits Chinese coast
Residents are evacuated in Cangnan, in east China's Zhejiang Province
Zhejiang province was among the areas hit in China
A powerful storm wrecked houses and downed power lines as it brought high winds and torrential rains to China's south-eastern coast.

More than 1.4 million people were evacuated ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Krosa, which struck Zhejiang and Fujian provinces on Sunday.

But it weakened to a tropical storm and no deaths were reported, Xinhua said.

In Vietnam, meanwhile, the toll from Typhoon Lekima, which struck last week, rose to at least 55, officials said.

Hardest hit were the provinces of Thanh Hoa and Nghe An, south of the capital, Hanoi.

Hundreds of homes were said to be underwater, and a Red Cross official described the situation as "very acute".

Disaster officials estimate the cost of the damage in Vietnam at more than $40m.

Landslides possible

Typhoon Krosa struck Taiwan before making landfall in China on Sunday afternoon.


Around 75,000 fishing vessels were recalled to port as gale-force winds and heavy rain hit the area.

The storm halted air, sea and road traffic and closed schools, while houses were destroyed in the port city of Wenzhou, Xinhua news agency said.

Twenty-seven sailors had to be rescued when their freighter suffered mechanical failure off Wenzhou, the agency said.

Krosa has now been downgraded to a tropical storm and is heading back out into the East China Sea, forecasters said.

But officials in Fujian and Zhejiang have warned of more rain and possible landslides in the coming days.

Typhoon Krosa is the 16th typhoon to hit China this year.

Taiwan toll

On Saturday, Krosa brought chaos to northern Taiwan, with torrential downpours triggering flooding and landslides.

A child is rescued from a home destroyed by a mudslide in Taiwan (06.10)
Typhoon Krosa battered Taiwan, uprooting trees and causing floods

At least five people died in storm-related accidents and more than 52 people were injured.

More than one metre of rain fell in places, and wind gusts of more than 185km/h were recorded.

In Taiwan's capital, Taipei, more than 200 trees were uprooted and several floods reported.

Power supplies and transport services were seriously affected.

The BBC's Caroline Gluck in Taipei says Krosa's sprawling 300km radius ensured its strength was felt across the island.

Krosa is the Cambodian word for crane.

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