Shanghai, August 10: Fierce winds and torrential rains gripped China's eastern region on Sunday. Typhoon Soudelor took lives of 17 people and over 402 were injured as a result of heavy rains and mudslides, according to statistics compiled by the National Fire Agency under the Ministry of the Interior on Sunday evening.Considered as the biggest typhoon of the year last week with winds of up to 230 kilometres (140 miles) an hour, Soudelor which is named for a Micronesian chief; has since weakened.
Soudelor also left more homes in Taiwan without power than any other storm in the country's history, but Taipower had restored electricity to most homes as of Sunday afternoon. The typhoon caused power outages to a total of 4.24 million households, and electricity was back on at 3.93 million households as of 3 pm Sunday, leaving 310,000 households still blacked out.
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Twelve of the casualties were reported in and around Wenzhou city in the province of Zhejiang, where downpours caused mudslides and several houses collapsed yesterday night, Xinhua news agency said. It added that in the neighbouring city of Lishui, two people were also killed.
China's nws agency Xinhua quoted local disaster relief officials as saying the dead and missing may have been washed away by floods or buried under ruined homes.
The Ministry of Education said that as of 1 pm Sunday, 812 schools nationwide have reported damage from the typhoon, and 11 schools will remain closed on Monday. About 1.58 million people in the city were affected by the typhoon by Sunday afternoon, the agency said.
Typhoon Soudelor left behind widespread damage when it barreled through Taiwan on Saturday, including an estimated NT$560 million (US$17.7 million) in damage to eight wind turbines operated by Taiwan Power Company (Taipower).
Over 402 people were injured by the storm in Taiwan, which saw rivers break their banks under torrential rain and towering waves pound the coastline. The China Meteorological Administration lifted its typhoon warning Monday as the storm weakened and moved further inland.