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Typhoon Fitow causes flooding and devastation to China's southeastern Zhejiang and Fujian regions

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Typhoon Fitow causes flooding and devastation to China's southeastern Zhejiang and Fujian regions

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A typhoon has struck the south east of China killing at least five people and leaving severe flooding and a trail of destruction in its wake.

More than half a million people had to be evacuated from their homes.

Typhoon Fitow cut power across the region and flights and train services were suspended.

In the town of Shuitou in Zhejiang province, close to Shangai, the main avenues were turned into rivers, with debris and parts of houses floating by.

In Fuding city in neighbouring Fujian province, winds of up to 151 kilometres (94 miles) an hour tore through the area.

There were reports of floods of up to four metres in depth in some low-lying towns.