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This handout aerial image taken and received on September 20, 2010 by Taiwan's Airborne Police shows areas flooded out by Typhoon Fananpi in the southern Taiwan city of Kaohsiung a day after the storm crossed the island dumping up to a metre of water of rain in some places. Schools and offices were closed on September 20 in typhoon-hit parts of Taiwan as residents started clearing up after their homes were flooded by the storm. Photo courtesy AFP.

After pummelling Taiwan, storm Fanapi hits China
Beijing (AFP) Sept 20, 2010 - China warned of flash floods and landslides as Typhoon Fanapi made landfall on the mainland Monday, one day after slamming Taiwan with heavy rains, leaving more than 100 injured on the island. The storm weakened as it ploughed into the southern provinces of Fujian and Guangdong early Monday, but was still packing winds of 125 kilometres (75 miles) an hour, the government's flood headquarters and state media said. Fanapi -- the 11th typhoon to hit southern China this year -- was moving to the northwest at a speed of about 20 kilometres an hour, dumping torrential rains in its wake, meteorologists said. "It is possible that Fanapi will sweep across Guangdong province and bring serious flooding and geological disasters to the region," the provincial flood headquarters warned.

Local authorities had ordered over 55,000 fishing boats in Fujian and another 60,000 in Guangdong to seek shelter in safe harbours ahead of the storm. In Fujian, a large section of the retaining wall in the coastal city of Quanzhou collapsed, China Central Television reported, while strong winds uprooted trees and flattened fences. There were no reports of storm-related deaths or injuries on the mainland as of mid-day Monday. Fanapi made landfall in Taiwan on Sunday near the eastern coastal city of Hualien. More than 100 people were injured. Television footage showed fallen trees, several houses with their roofs ripped off and an upturned lorry. Schools and offices in storm-affected areas remained closed Monday.
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Taipei (AFP) Sept 20, 2010
Schools and offices were closed in typhoon-hit parts of Taiwan on Monday as residents started clearing up after their homes were flooded by the storm which moved on to pummel southern China.

Typhoon Fanapi, the strongest to hit the region this year with gusts of up to 220 kilometres (138 miles) per hour, made landfall on the east coast Sunday and dumped up to 1,000 millimetres (39 inches) of rain in the south.

The typhoon weakened as it swept into the southern Chinese provinces of Fujian and Guangdong Monday, but was still packing winds of 125 kilometres (75 miles) an hour, the government's flood headquarters and state media said.

"It is possible that Fanapi will sweep across Guangdong province and bring serious flooding and geological disasters to the region," the provincial flood headquarters warned.

Local authorities ordered tens of thousands of fishermen from the two provinces to bring their boats to safe harbours.

The storm was inching closer to Hong Kong, meteorologists said, and was expected to come within 100 kilometres north of the territory overnight, bringing heavy rains and strong winds.

In Taiwan, television images showed the military using amphibious vehicles to rescue citizens trapped by flash flooding in Kaohsiung, the island's second-biggest city.

More than 100 people were injured, with some blown over by gales, knocked from motorcycles or hit by flying debris, according to the National Fire Agency.

Some schools and offices in Kaohsiung and neighbouring areas were closed Monday as the floods gradually subsided and soldiers were deployed to help residents clear up.

The typhoon left more than 70,000 homes without power and around 15,000 others without water, officials said.

"This was the worst flooding we've experienced in my life. It was even worse than the one caused last year by Typhoon Morakot," one man told cable news network TVBS.

Morakot devastated southern Taiwan just over a year ago, leaving more than 700 people dead or missing in one of the island's worst natural disasters.

Although Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau has removed the warning against the powerful storm, it warned of further downpours in the days ahead.

President Ma Ying-jeou, who was accused of responding slowly to the Morakot disaster, moved quickly to react to Fanapi and was filmed wading through knee-deep waters in the coastal town of Linpien.

Flooding from Fanapi caused havoc at a petrochemical complex in the Kaohsiung area, halting production at more than 10 factories and causing an estimated two billion Taiwan dollars (63.1 million US) damage.

Crop damage across the island was expected to reach more than 1.6 billion Taiwan dollars, according to the Council of Agriculture.

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