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Typhoon in SE China forces 1 mn to evacuate

world Updated: Oct 07, 2007 10:18 IST

Over 1 million people in southeast China have been evacuated from vulnerable areas ahead of super typhoon "Krosa", which is expected to arrive on the Chinese mainland this afternoon, latest reports said.

More than one million people in the region have been evacuated as local authorities are bracing for the 16th typhoon this year, Xinhua news agency reported.

Fujian, drenched by heavy downpours, has issued warning of possible mud-rock flow and slides.

Krosa is expected to make a landfall between Wenling of Zhejiang and Ningde of Fujian today before heading north, the Zhejiang observatory said.

Wenzhou city of Zhejiang Province has issued a red warning signal and ordered ferries, sightseeing boats and fishing vessels to head for safe harbours.

The typhoon has also prompted school closure and flight cancellations in Wenzhou.

As of early today, Krosa was whirling at sea about 270 km off Wenling in southern Zhejiang with sustained winds of 126 kmph, the Wenzhou meteorological observatory said.

The typhoon has lashed Taiwan, cutting off power supplies, halting highways and air traffic. Taiwan media reports show several people got injured by tiles, damaged billboard and in a bus accident.