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Last updated at 16:27 BST, Monday, 10 August 2009

Deadly storms in East Asia

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10 August 2009

Two typhoons have left many dead or missing in East Asia. In Japan at least nine people have been killed and some are missing. In China at least one child has been killed, while in Taiwan 12 people have died.

Reporter:
Chris Hogg

People row a dragon boat to commute through a flooded area in Cangnan county in east China

People row a dragon boat to commute through a flooded area in eastern China

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China moved almost a million people from its coastal provinces to safer areas before Typhoon Morakat hit the mainland on Sunday. Heavy rain triggered landslides and caused several hundred houses to collapse, but the effects weren't as bad as might have been feared, after the damage it had wreaked elsewhere.

The storm had caused the worst flooding in 50 years in Taiwan. They're still working there to free thousands of people who remain trapped, and searching for the dozens who are missing.

In Japan, there were more casualties, as a different typhoon caused severe problems along the western coast of the country. Again torrential downpours triggered landslides and flooding. One man was found drowned inside his car, a woman was found dead in a gutter.

Chris Hogg, BBC News, Shanghai

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Vocabuarly

coastal provinces

areas of a country which are situated by the sea

the mainland

the larger or main part of a country, not including the islands around it

triggered

caused something bad to start

landslides

a mass of earth suddenly moving down a hill or slope

to collapse

to fall down in pieces to the ground

the effects weren't as bad as might have been feared

although the typhoon caused some damage, it could have been worse

the damage it had wreaked

had caused something bad to happen

casualties

injured people

torrential downpours

very heavy rain

gutter

the edge of the road where rain collects and flows into drains

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