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Taiwan hit by Typhoon Kalmaegi


A man rescued from the flood water

At least six people were killed as Typhoon Kalmaegi hit Taiwan, bringing flooding and landslides.

A baby girl and her brother were killed, but their mother survived, after a landslide hit their home in Kaohsiung county, said AP news agency.

Another four more people are feared to have drowned, and six people are missing, reports said.

The storm packed winds of up to 90 km/h (56mph), but has now lost power and has been downgraded to a tropical storm.

It has now turned away from Taiwan, and is forecast to brush the south China coast and veer towards the Korean peninsula.

Kalmaegi delivered up to 112cm (44in) of rain in a 24-hour period, officials said, according to AP.

In Tainan county, water supplies were cut off because of the heavy rain.

Rescuers have been using ladders to help people stuck in their homes and trapped drivers.

Kalmaegi means "seagull" in Korean.

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