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Tropical storm threatens Chinese chemical plant

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Tropical storm threatens Chinese chemical plant


A tropical storm battering the northeast Chinese coast has threatened a dyke protecting a chemical plant, prompting residents to be moved from their homes.

Soldiers and firefighters have been battling to fill the breach near the port city of Dalian, and prevent toxic chemical products from spilling.

Typhoon Muifa was downgraded to a severe tropical storm as it passed over China, before heading late on Monday towards North Korea, only recently hit by heavy rain.

In China’s Shandong province, hundreds of thousands of residents were moved away from coastal areas; boats and ships were told to stay in port.

Shanghai was spared the full brunt of the typhoon, suffering only minor damage. But there were power cuts and hundreds of flights were cancelled.

Earlier Muifa killed at least four people in the Philippines and caused disruption in South Korea.

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