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Typhoon Nepartak leaves 9 dead, 18 missing in southeast China
   2016-07-11 15:53:41    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Fei Fei

Residents clear rubbish after flooding in Minqing County, southeast China's Fujian Province, July 10, 2016. [Photo: Xinhua/Zhang Guojun]

At least nine people were killed, and 18 others remained missing in southeast China's Fujian province after Nepartak lashed the area.

The typhoon was downgraded to a strong tropical storm when it made landfall on the Chinese mainland.

The storm has affected some 452,000 people and direct economic loss has reached 900 million yuan.

China's National Commission for Disaster Reduction and the Ministry of Civil Affairs launched a level-4 emergency disaster relief response on Monday morning, and large amounts of relief materials are on their way to the storm-hit areas.

Earlier reports said Nepartak made first landfall early on Friday in eastern Taiwan, packing winds of up to 190 km per hour, gusting up to 234 km per hour.

It landed in Fujian province on Saturday afternoon and faded into a tropical depression early on Sunday.

But meteorological authorities say rainfalls are forecast to continue in Fujian and in provinces including Jiangxi and Zhejiang, bringing more risks to the already-weather battered area.

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