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At least not less than eight people have been reported dead and around 19 are still missing after devastating landslides swept through two eastern Chinese villages, local
authorities told the official Xinhua news agency
Saturday.

Heavy wind and torrential rains brought by
Typhoon Medi triggered the landslides on
Wednesday, burying dozens of homes from the
villages of Sucun and Baofeng in Zhejiang
province’s Suichang county.

More than 4,000 rescue workers with 180 diggers
were scrambling to find survivors but persistent
rain and poor road conditions had hindered
rescue efforts, the agency reported.


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Video footage of the landslide on social media
showed torrents of water and rock pouring down
a mountain towards houses in the valley below
while terrified onlookers screamed.

Typhoon Megi had already claimed one life on
Wednesday morning, when a flash flood tore
through the home of a villager in the coastal
province of Fujian, according to reports.
At least 2.09 million people from three provinces
have been affected by the typhoon, which has
destroyed roughly 1,200 houses, the People’s Daily
reported Saturday.

The storm is estimated to have caused China 5.53
billion yuan ($835 million) in damages.
The typhoon smashed into Taiwan earlier in the
week, leaving a trail of destruction and killing
seven as it raked across the island.

It also caused an estimated Tw$1.31 billion ($42
million) in agricultural damage and left more
than four million households without power.

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