Typhoon lashes China's east coast, 14 dead and four missing: Xinhua

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Deadly Typhoon Unleashes Mudslides and Flooding in Taiwan


A typhoon battered China's east coast on Sunday, killing 14 people and forcing the authorities to evacuate hundreds of thousands more.

The 14 were killed after being washed away by flash floods or buried under collapsed houses or landslides, state news agency Xinhua said, citing authorities in Zhejiang province. Another four people were missing.

Typhoon Soudelor forced more than 188,400 people to leave their homes in Zhejiang and 320,000 in neighboring Fujian, Xinhua said. More than 530 flights were canceled and 191 high-speed trains were suspended.

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Typhoon lashes China's east coast, 14 dead and four missing: Xinhua
A motorcyclist makes his way through a flooded street in Wenling, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on August 10, 2015 after strong storms hit the area during Typhoon Soudelor's landfall. The number of people killed by Typhoon Soudelor in China rose to 21 on August 10, authorities said, with five more missing. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
FUZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 09: (CHINA OUT) People walk in the flood caused by Typhoon Soudelor on August 9, 2015 in Fuzhou, Fujian Province of China. Typhoon No. 13 Soudelor hit Fujian on August 8-9 which has affected about 1,397,200 people and caused a direct economic losses of 1,483 million RMB (238.9 million USD) until 16 o'clock on August 9, according to local media. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Trees torn down by strong wind collapse on the road in Jinjiang, east China's Fujian province on August 8, 2015 as typhoon Soudelor draws near the mainland of China. Typhoon Soudelor battered Taiwan with fierce winds and rain, leaving four people dead and a trail of debris in its wake as it takes aim at mainland China. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers carry an elderly lady (C) out of her flooded home as Typhoon Soudelor brought heavy rain to Ningde, eastern China's Fujian province on August 9, 2015. A weakened Typhoon Soudelor made landfall in China and was set to be downgraded on August 9, according to the National Meteorological Center, after the storm killed five people in Taiwan. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Vehicles and residents make their way through a flooded street in Wenling, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on August 10, 2015 after strong storms hit the area during Typhoon Soudelor's landfall. The number of people killed by Typhoon Soudelor in China rose to 21 on August 10, authorities said, with five more missing. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers distribute drinking water to residents along a flooded street in Wenling, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on August 10, 2015 after strong storms hit the area during Typhoon Soudelor's landfall. The number of people killed by Typhoon Soudelor in China rose to 21 on August 10, authorities said, with five more missing. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Residents walk down a flooded street in Wenling, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on August 10, 2015 as strong storms hit the area in the aftermath of Typhoon Soudelor's landfall. The number of people killed by Typhoon Soudelor in China rose to 21 on August 10, authorities said, with five more missing. CHINA OUT AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
WENLING, CHINA - AUGUST 07: (CHINA OUT) Large waves break on the coastline at Shitang Town as Typhoon 'Soudelor' approaches on August 7, 2015 in Wenling, Zhejiang Province of China. Typhoon 'Soudelor' will land on southeastern China's coastal areas this weekend, according to meteorological departments. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
WENLING, CHINA - AUGUST 07: (CHINA OUT) Large waves break on the coastline at Shitang Town as Typhoon 'Soudelor' approaches on August 7, 2015 in Wenling, Zhejiang Province of China. Typhoon 'Soudelor' will land on southeastern China's coastal areas this weekend, according to meteorological departments. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HANGZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 07: People use umbrellas as they walk in strong wind and heavy rain near West Lake as Typhoon 'Soudelor' approaches on August 7, 2015 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. Typhoon 'Soudelor' will land on southeastern China's coastal areas this weekend, according to meteorological departments. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
WENLING, CHINA - AUGUST 07: (CHINA OUT) Large waves break on the coastline at Shitang Town as Typhoon 'Soudelor' approaches on August 7, 2015 in Wenling, Zhejiang Province of China. Typhoon 'Soudelor' will land on southeastern China's coastal areas this weekend, according to meteorological departments. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HANGZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 07: (CHINA OUT) Paople use umbrellas as they walk in strong wind and heavy rain near West Lake as Typhoon 'Soudelor' approaches on August 7, 2015 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. Typhoon 'Soudelor' will land on southeastern China's coastal areas this weekend, according to meteorological departments. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
WENLING, CHINA - AUGUST 07: (CHINA OUT) Large waves break on the coastline at Shitang Town as Typhoon 'Soudelor' approaches on August 7, 2015 in Wenling, Zhejiang Province of China. Typhoon 'Soudelor' will land on southeastern China's coastal areas this weekend, according to meteorological departments. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
WENLING, CHINA - AUGUST 07: (CHINA OUT) Tourists watch large waves break on the coastline at Shitang Town as Typhoon 'Soudelor' approaches on August 7, 2015 in Wenling, Zhejiang Province of China. Typhoon 'Soudelor' will land on southeastern China's coastal areas this weekend, according to meteorological departments. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HANGZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 07: (CHINA OUT) A girl attempts to take a selfie in strong wind near West Lake as Typhoon 'Soudelor' approaches on August 7, 2015 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. Typhoon 'Soudelor' will land on southeastern China's coastal areas this weekend, according to meteorological departments. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
HANGZHOU, CHINA - AUGUST 07: (CHINA OUT) Dark clouds cover the Hangzhou City as Typhoon 'Soudelor' approaches on August 7, 2015 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. Typhoon 'Soudelor' will land on southeastern China's coastal areas this weekend, according to meteorological departments. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
Workers ride past fishing boats moored in a shelter at Nanfangao harbour in Yilan on August 6, 2015 as typhoon Soudelor approaches eastern Taiwan. The strongest typhoon of the year was bearing down on Taiwan's east coast on August 6, forcing the evacuation of more than 2,000 from outlying islands popular with tourists. AFP PHOTO / Sam Yeh (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
Workers rest on fishing boats moored in a shelter at Nanfangao harbour in Yilan on August 6, 2015 as typhoon Soudelor approaches eastern Taiwan. The strongest typhoon of the year was bearing down on Taiwan's east coast on August 6, forcing the evacuation of more than 2,000 from outlying islands popular with tourists. AFP PHOTO / Sam Yeh (Photo credit should read SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
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The typhoon had killed six people in Taiwan earlier in the weekend, then moved across the Taiwan Strait and slammed into the mainland's Fujian province late on Saturday.

It churned towards neighboring Zhejiang and Jiangxi on Sunday, Xinhua said. The Tropical Storm Risk website downgraded Soudelor to a tropical storm as it moved inland.

In Taiwan, the rain and wind eased on Sunday although the Central Weather Bureau warned that conditions remained unstable as crews began clearing fallen trees, mud flows and other debris from blocked roads.

The storm killed six people in Taiwan, with four missing and nearly 400 injured, authorities said.

Typhoons are common at this time of year in the South China Sea and Pacific, picking up strength from warm waters before losing it over land.

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