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Typhoon Megi: Deadly storm batters Taiwan and mainland China

At least five people have been killed and hundreds injured by Typhoon Megi, which has battered Taiwan and mainland China.

Megi has now reached eastern China, causing widespread disruption, though it has weakened to a tropical storm.

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Image caption Megi is the third and worst storm to hit Taiwan in the past two weeks.
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Image caption The typhoon packed winds of up to 118km/h (74 mph) as it ploughed through Hualien in eastern Taiwan.
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Image caption At least 268 people were injured, including eight Japanese tourists in an overturned tour bus.
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Image caption Rivers burst their banks and floodwater surged through Taipei's Jhihtan Dam.
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Image caption Public transport was shut down in many areas and shops and businesses closed.
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Image caption Scores of flights were cancelled - passengers stranded at Taipei's Taoyuan International Airport had little choice but to sleep it out.
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Image caption Millions of homes suffered power cuts, thousands of people were evacuated and roads were blocked by uprooted trees.
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Image caption In the capital, Taipei, people were being urged to store fresh water, as high river levels meant treatment plants were struggling to cope.
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Image caption Despite being downgraded to a tropical storm, one person died when Megi hit Quanzhou, in mainland China. Several structures were reported to have collapsed in high winds.

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