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Typhoon makes landfall in Fujian

Updated : 2015-09-29

China ordered tens of thousands of boats back to shore and closed tourist attractions as a typhoon made landfall in the eastern province of Fujian early on Sept 29 after leaving two dead and hundreds injured in Taiwan.

Typhoon makes landfall in Fujian

A fallen tree is seen in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian province, Sept 29. Typhoon Dujuan made landfall in Putian at 8:50 am Tuesday, packing winds of up to Force 12 (33 meters per second). Downpours are expected in coastal areas in middle and northern Fujian over the next two days. [Photo/Xinhua]

Fujian authorities told more than 30,000 fishing boats, carrying around 160,000 people, to return to shore as Typhoon Dujuan approached on Sept 28, state media reported, citing the flood control office.

Two people in Taiwan were reportedly killed and 324 people injured as Dujuan swept across the island.

The storm had weakened since it hit the coastal city of Putian at about 8.50 a.m. (00:50 GMT), state media said, although torrential rain swept Fujian.

Tourist attractions were closed in several districts in the vicinity. Strong gales and towering waves also hit neighbouring Zhejiang province, one of China's industrial powerhouses, state media reported.

In Taiwan, more than a million people faced power outages and hundreds of thousands were left without water. Financial markets there were also closed on Sept 29.

Maximum wind speeds reached about 120 km an hour (75 mph) the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Fujian Meteorological Service.

The Tropical Storm Risk website forecast that the storm would continue losing strength on Sept 29.

Super typhoon Soudelor killed eight people in Taiwan and cut power to more than 4 million households last month.

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