10 Aug 2015

Deadly typhoon hits China

10:47 am on 10 August 2015

At least a dozen people have died in mudslides and floods caused by Typhoon Souledor in eastern China, authorities say.

This image from August 8, 2015 taken from the International Space Station (ISS) shows Typhoon Soudelor as it advanced on Taiwan. AFP PHOTO/NASA/ISS

Typhoon Souledor shown from the International Space Station Photo: AFP

Tens of thousands of residents were evacuated as it approached, and thousands more left their homes as it moved north up the coast.

Some areas got more than half a metre of rain in 24 hours - the heaviest for a century.

Earlier, the typhoon caused similar devastation in Taiwan, where it killed five people.

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