BEIJING : Typhoon Fitow , which barrelled into China’s east coast early Monday packing winds of more than 200 kilometres (124 miles) an hour, killed at least five people and impacted three million, state media reported.
Two men died in Wenzhou city in Zhejiang province, the official news agency Xinhua said, while three people from the city of Ruian died of electric shocks.
One of the victims in Wenzhou, 55-year-old Ni Wenlin, died “when a strong wind blew him off a hill” late Sunday, Xinhua said, while the other, Chen Wanjie, was killed after being buried beneath his duck breeding factory. Four other people are still missing, state media reported. Fitow had affected more than three million people in eight Zhejiang cities as of Monday, and caused economic damage of $160m, Xinhua said, citing the provincial flood control office.
Parts of Zhejiang, which neighbours the commercial hub Shanghai, saw nearly 29cm of rain over 17 hours from Sunday to Monday, the official News Service said.