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Taiwan cleans up as Typhoon Fanapi reaches China

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Clean-up operations are underway in Taiwan after Typhoon Fanapi brought high winds and flooding to southern regions.

Schools and businesses were closed in the wake of the typhoon, which left about 100 people injured.

In some places troops used amphibious vehicles to rescue people trapped by flooding.

Fanapi has now made landfall in Fujian in eastern China, where fishing vessels have been brought back to shore.

Some residents have also been evacuated from vulnerable areas ahead of the storm.

"Fanapi is the strongest typhoon to hit Fujian in 2010 and we should prepare for the worst," Xinhua news agency quoted Fujian's Communist Party chief Sun Chunlan as saying.

Meteorologists in Taiwan said Fanapi had brought as much as 44 inches (112cm) of rain to some southern areas.

As it passed over Taiwan all international flights from Kaohsiung were halted, as were domestic flights and rail services.

Many of the injured were cut by broken glass or came off motorcycles in high winds, Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Centre said.

Last year more than 700 people were killed and thousands left homeless in Taiwan by floods and mudslides caused by Typhoon Morakot.

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