27 missing as landslide slams into Chinese village


Houses are submerged in floodwater brought by Typhoon Megi in Ningde, eastern ’s Fujian province, September 28, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

A landslide caused by heavy typhoon rains has hit a village in eastern China, swallowing up dozens of houses and leaving at least 27 people missing.
Dozens of houses were buried after the landslide hit into Sucun village of eastern Zhejiang province on Wednesday, official Xinhua agency reported.
Images posted by local media showed a mass of debris rolled down a lush mountain toward the small village.
China has deployed more than 400 rescue workers to save possible survivors.
The landslide came after Typhoon Megi battered the country’s east coast on Wednesday, killing one person after leaving a trail of death and destruction in Taiwan.
According to Xinhua, China cancelled dozens of flights and shut schools as Typhoon Megi made landfall in Fujian province with winds of close to 120 km per hour (75 mph).
China Southern Airlines said it had cancelled two dozen flights beginning from Tuesday.
Over 120,000 people who work at sea or close to shore have been moved by Fujian authorities.
The province’s 31,700 fishing boats were also recalled to port to avoid the high winds.

Rescuers evacuate young flood-affected residents through floodwaters brought by typhoon Megi in Ningde, eastern China’s Fujian province, September 28, 2016. (Photo by AFP)

Typhoons are common across China at this time of year, picking up strength as they cross warm Pacific waters and bringing fierce winds and rain when they reach land.
Large swathes of China have been battered by typhoons over the past few months, killing hundreds of people.

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