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Friday, August 11, 2006

'Super typhoon' slams into southeast China

A "super typhoon", the strongest to hit China in half a century, slammed into the coast, killing at least two people, injuring more than 80 and forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes.

The greater Wenzhou area, which includes Cangnan and is home to 7.4 million people, has declared a state of emergency and authorities have blocked highways into the worst-affected areas.

Xinhua reported that Zhejiang authorities had already evacuated nearly 1 million people, with another 569,000 people moved in the neighbouring province of Fujian.

[Can you imagine the evacuation of 1 million people?]

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