Rescue workers in central China are searching for 59 police trainees who were swept away in a landslide triggered by Typhoon Longwang's torrential rain.

China's official Xinhua news agency says the police recruits were in two training school barracks in Fuzhou, Fujian Province late Sunday night when the buildings were swept away.

Currently three people are confirmed dead from the storm. The typhoon also killed one person in Taiwan before it hit China's mainland.

In a separate development, Xinhua says authorities have evacuated about 13,000 people from their homes in central China along, the Hanjiang River, a tributary of the Yangtze River.

It says heavy rains in Hubei province have cut off several roads, and more rain is expected in the next two days.

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