10 killed, 5 missing as Typhoon Fitow hits eastern China

ChinaPeople use a makeshift raft to maneuver through a flooded street in Tongxiang city in east China. (AP)

Ten people were killed and five others remain missing after Typhoon Fitow brought heavy rains to eastern China's Zhejiang province affecting over seven million people, state media reported on Wednesday.

Among the dead, eight died of electric shocks, including a family of three, a local government statement said.

Two men died after their car plunged into a river, it said. All deaths occurred in Wenzhou city.

Typhoon Fitow, which made landfall in Fujian Province, just south of Zhejiang, early on Monday, has triggered heavy rain in the region, inundating roads and houses, and causing river breaches and power failures.

Over 254,000 households in Zhejiang Province had no power supply.

About 10,000 workers are repairing electrical facilities in the province.

The typhoon has affected seven million people in 11 cities in Zhejiang, causing direct economic losses of 12.4 billion yuan (USD 2 billion), state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The county-level city of Yuyao has been severely affected in the recent typhoon-triggered storms.

Over 70 per cent of the downtown area of the city had been flooded.

Over 830,000 people from 21 townships in the city have been affected, though no casualties have been reported so far, according to the local government.

Fitow has brought once-in-a-century rainfall to Yuyao City.

Many cars were immersed in flood waters more than a metre deep on the streets in downtown Yuyao City.

Power, tap water and communications have been cut off in most areas of the city.

Schools, government organisations and factories have been suspended, and some residents are suffering food and drinking water shortages, according to the Xinhua report.

Pan Yinhao, executive vice mayor of Yuyao, said the flood water is not expected to recede completely until Saturday due to the deep water and poor drainage.

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