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China braced for Typhoon Megi

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China is bracing itself for the arrival of Typhoon Megi, which has wreaked havoc on its path through the Philippines and Taiwan.

More than 150,000 people have been evacuated from the southern Chinese provinces of Fujian and Guangdong, while local air and ferry services have been cancelled.

At its most violent Megi had been carrying wind gusts of up to 200 kilometres per hour but is expected to have weakened by the time it hits Chinese shores on Saturday morning.

The Philippines have borne the brunt of the winds, torrential rain and resulting rockslides, which have claimed at least 26 lives there. Hundreds of thousands of tonnes of rice crops have also been destroyed.

And in Taiwan rescuers have been searching for 19 tourists still missing after a road collapsed under the weight of rain and mudslides.