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Typhoon Meranti slams into southern China

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Typhoon Meranti slams into southern China

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Typhoon Meranti has struck southern China after sweeping across Taiwan.

Described as the fiercest storm in the world this year, it has lost strength since being registered as a super typhoon but has still wreaked havoc and caused massive disruption.

The city of Xiamen has been worst hit.

High winds and lashing rain have resulted in flooding and brought down trees. Windows in tall buildings shattered.

More than 1.6 million homes across Fujian province have experienced power cuts. Water supplies have been disrupted.

Travel has been severely affected with dozens of flights and train services cancelled.

Despite the dramatic scenes there’ve been no reports of casualties, although one person died earlier in Taiwan.

Tens of thousands of people in China had already been evacuated.

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