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Sunday, July 10, 2016, 18:02

Typhoon Nepartak leaves 2 dead, 17 missing in east China

By Xinhua
Typhoon Nepartak leaves 2 dead, 17 missing in east China
In this July 9, 2016 photo, a villager walks around a destroyed house, after torrential rainfall brought by typhoon Nepartak, in Lingcuo village of Xindu Township in Putian, southeast China's Fujian Province. (Zhang Guojun / Xinhua News Agency via AP)

FUZHOU, July 10 -- Two people have died and 17 remain missing after Typhoon Nepartak made landfall and swept through east China's Fujian Province, authorities said Sunday.

As of 1 pm, 438,000 residents in nine cities had been temporarily relocated as the typhoon destroyed more than 1,000 houses, according to a written statement issued by the provincial flood control office.

Nearly 49,000 hectares of crops were damaged by the typhoon, 4,500 hectares of which were totally destroyed. Nearly 400 flights were canceled, and more than 300 bullet trains were suspended, according to the statement.

Heavy rain is forecast to continue in the province, and the above numbers may rise.

Nepartak has faded into a tropical depression, but will continue to bring wind and rain to provinces including Jiangxi and Zhejiang, bringing more risks to the already-weather battered area.

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