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More than One Million Evacuated as Powerful Storm Hits China's Southeast Coast


A powerful storm has hit China's southeastern coast, where authorities evacuated more than one million people after the storm killed five in Taiwan.

Although meteorologists had downgraded Typhoon Krosa to a tropical storm before it made landfall Sunday, heavy rain and winds of 126 kilometers per hour still battered China's coast.

The storm made landfall near the borders of Zhejiang and Fujian provinces. Chinese authorities already had evacuated more than a million people from the area.

The state-run Xinhua news agency said the Chinese coast guard was rescuing 27 crew members from a Hong Kong-registered cargo ship after it suffered a mechanical failure during the storm.

In Vietnam, authorities say floods and landslides triggered by Typhoon Lekima earlier this week have killed at least 46 people. Vietnamese authorities say at least 16 other people are missing and feared dead.

Lekima hit Vietnam Wednesday, but the death toll has continued to rise because of the flooding.

Meteorologists say Typhoon Krosa, which means "crane" in the Cambodian language, Khmer, likely will head north and then head back out to sea.

On Saturday in Taiwan, Krosa cut off electricity to two million homes. Officials say at least 53 people were injured.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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