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Typhoon Fitow Kills 6 in Eastern China

Residents paddle a makeshift raft as they make their way along a flooded street after Typhoon Fitow hit Rui'an, Oct. 7, 2013.
Residents paddle a makeshift raft as they make their way along a flooded street after Typhoon Fitow hit Rui'an, Oct. 7, 2013.
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Chinese state media say at least six people were killed and several others remain missing after Typhoon Fitow slammed into the country's southeast.

The powerful storm made landfall in Fujian province on Monday with winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour. Much of the surrounding area still was submerged in floodwaters as of Tuesday.

The storm has since weakened, but torrential rains continued in nearby Zhejiang province, prompting the government's highest emergency flood response.

The Xinhua news agency says over 4,000 homes collapsed in the storm. Many areas are without power and rail and air transportation has been suspended.

Fitow is named after a flower from Micronesia. The typhoon is the 23rd to hit China this year.

  • Paramilitary police carry an elderly woman off a raft as they rescue trapped residents after Typhoon Fitow hit Taizhou, Zhejiang province, China, Oct. 8, 2013.
  • A man holds his dog as he walks along a flooded street after Typhoon Fitow hit Shanghai, China, Oct. 8, 2013.
  • A man walks towards a flooded pavilion by the overflowing West Lake after Typhoon Fitow hit Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, Oct. 8, 2013.
  • Residents raise bags of groceries as they walk on a flooded street after Typhoon Fitow hit Daxi township of Wenling, Zhejiang province, China, Oct. 8, 2013.
  • Frontier soldiers run as a storm surge hits the coastline under the influence of Typhoon Fitow in Wenling, Zhejiang province, China, Oct. 6, 2013.

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