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Storm lashes China after 5 die in Taiwan

Typhoon death toll in Vietnam is at 55

Residents examined cars yesterday that were crushed by fallen electric poles and debris caused by Typhoon Krosa in Taipei. Residents examined cars yesterday that were crushed by fallen electric poles and debris caused by Typhoon Krosa in Taipei. (Chiang Ying-ying/associated press)

BEIJING - A storm drenched China's southeast yesterday after killing five people in Taiwan and prompting the evacuation of 1.4 million people on the mainland, officials said. In Vietnam, the death toll from a separate storm rose to 55.

Krosa came ashore as a typhoon in China's Zhejiang and Fujian provinces, but weakened and was soon downgraded to a tropical storm, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

It said no deaths or injuries were reported, but the storm wrecked houses and knocked out power in the port city of Wenzhou as torrential rains swept the region.

More than 1.4 million people were evacuated from coastal areas, including 500,000 tourists who were at beach resorts for the National Day holiday week, Xinhua said.

About 75,000 fishing vessels in the two provinces were ordered back to port and trips by ferries and sightseeing boats were canceled, the agency said.

Krosa - the Cambodian word for crane - killed five people Saturday in Taiwan as it knocked out power to 2 million homes and soaked the island, according to Taiwan's Disaster Relief Center.

Two men were killed in suburban Taipei after a landslide buried their house, the center said. A man died after falling from his balcony in Hsinchu and a woman was electrocuted after falling from her motorcycle in Tainan. A man's body was also recovered from a hostel that was hit by a landslide in Ilan and another man was missing.

Early yesterday, China's Coast Guard rescued 27 sailors from a freighter that suffered mechanical failure after it was hit by the storm off Wenzhou, Xinhua said.

In Shanghai, where the Special Olympics are taking place, the city government canceled vacations for flood-control workers and was drafting plans to drain competition sites, the agency said.

Meanwhile, the death toll from Typhoon Lekima, which hit Vietnam's central coast late Wednesday, rose to 55, with 16 other people missing, officials said.

Lekima, named after a local fruit, also damaged about 77,000 homes, the government said.

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