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Tropical storm hits Chinese mainland

TROPICAL storm Linfa landed in southeast China's Fujian Province last night, bringing winds of 83 kilometers per hour. Earlier, its strong winds injured four people in Taiwan.

The storm landed in Dongshi Township in Jinjiang City at 8:30pm, said Xie Zhaonan, director of the flood control headquarters of Quanzhou City, which administers Jinjiang.

The storm formed in the South China Sea last Thursday and had been downgraded from a strong tropical storm by the time it landed, according to the provincial meteorological bureau. It brought heavy rains in coastal areas last night, and the downpour will continue today as it moves north, the bureau said.

The shipping route between Xiamen and Jinmen was closed temporarily on Saturday. Fujian's Oceanic and Fisheries Bureau had recalled 30,000 fishing boats and 162,757 people working on these boats by 6pm yesterday. Authorities sent out about 10 million cell-phone text alerts.

As the storm approached Taiwan, two people were hit by a falling tree in the southern city of Tainan and two others were hurt when a wall collapsed on Penghu islet.

More than 160 flights were affected, and Kinmen County suspended its sea links to Taiwan and Chinese mainland.


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