Typhoon hits China, 4 killed in Taiwan

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Taiwan,August 8: Typhoon Soudelor barreled toward mainland of China toaday after downing trees, traffic lights and power lines in Taiwan.At least four were killed,four are missing and dozens fear trapped.

A total of 64 people have been hurt in Taiwan and almost 2 million households are without electricity
as the powerful storm left streets strewn with fallen trees.

An 8-year-girl and her mother died when they were swept out to sea Thursday from a beach on the east coast,said sources.The girl's twin sister remains missing.

The center of the storm made landfall in eastern Taiwan at 4.40am Saturday.

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said that by mid-morning Saturday, Soudelor was packing maximum sustained
winds of 162 kilometers (100 miles) per hour.

It was moving away from the island in a northwesterly direction Saturday afternoon, and weakened with
top winds of up to 144kph (89mph).

Strong winds and heavy rains were still expected to continue in Taiwan.

Authorities in southeast China ordered the evacuation of about 1,58,000 people and ships back to port ahead
of the typhoon, which was expected to hit Fujian province on Saturday night.

On Friday afternoon, marine police rescued 55 university students and teachers trapped on a small island where they had been attending a summer camp, after strong gales stopped ferry services, according to sources.

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