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Four Dead, Thousands Evacuated After Typhoon Fitow Hits Eastern China

8 October 2013

Four people were killed and hundreds of thousands evacuated after Typhoon Fitow hit eastern China, destroying houses and farmlands and closing ports and airports. Packing winds up to 151 kms (94 miles) per hour, Fitow hit Fuding city in Fujian province early on Monday before weakening into a tropical storm, the official Xinhua news agency reported. At least four people have been killed and four others were still missing, Xinhua saidon Tuesday. Flight and train services in Zhejiang province, south of Shanghai, were suspended on Monday. In Wenzhou city in Zhejiang province, the storm destroyed over 1,700 houses and 46,800 hectares of crop land, the report said. —Reuters