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East Asia Tropical Cyclones Kill More Than 50

The death toll from two tropical cyclones that have battered parts of East Asia in recent days has risen to more than 50.

Authorities in Taiwan say Typhoon Morakot killed at least 15 people and left at least 55 others missing when it struck the island on Friday and Saturday.

Officials say they also have lost contact with hundreds of people in a village, Shiao Lin, hit by mudslides Sunday in a mountainous region of southern Taiwan. Road access to the village was cut off and many people were feared buried in their homes.

Morakot slammed into eastern China Sunday, killing at least three people and forcing the evacuation of a million people from coastal areas. It weakened into a tropical storm as it moved further inland. Before hitting Taiwan, Morakot struck the Philippines, killing 22 people.

Elsewhere, Tropical Storm Etau brought floods and landslides to western Japan Monday, killing at least 13 people.

The storm is forecast to approach Tokyo and central Japan on Tuesday.

Taiwan officials say Morakot triggered the worst flooding in the island's south for 50 years. Authorities used helicopters to rescue people stranded by floods and landslides across the region.

Chinese state media say Morakot also submerged hundreds of villages and destroyed around 2,000 homes in Zhejiang and Fujian provinces.

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