China Storm Evacuations

A storm drenched China's southeast after killing five people in Taiwan and prompting the evacuation of 1.4 million people on the mainland, officials said on Monday.

Krosa came ashore as a typhoon in China's Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, but weakened on Sunday and was soon downgraded to a tropical storm, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

It said no deaths or injuries were reported, but the storm wrecked houses and knocked out power in the port city of Wenzhou as torrential rains swept the region.

More than 1.4 million people were evacuated from coastal areas, including more than 500,000 tourists who had been at beach resorts for the National Day holiday week, Xinhua said.

About 75,000 fishing vessels in the two provinces were ordered back to port, and trips by ferries and sightseeing boats were canceled, the agency said.

Krosa - the Cambodian word for crane- killed five people Saturday on Taiwan as it knocked out power to 2 million homes and soaked the island, according to Taiwan's Disaster Relief Centre.

Two men were killed in suburban Taipei when a landslide buried their house, the centre said.

A man died after falling from his balcony in Hsinchu and a woman was electrocuted after falling from her motorcycle in Tainan.


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