Typhoon Matmo strikes China

The typhoon is moving northward up the coast of China.
By Ed Adamczyk Contact the Author   |   July 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM

FUZHOU CITY , China, July 24 (UPI) -- Typhoon Matmo caused the evacuation of thousands of people along China's southeast coast after it came ashore in Fujian province.

The 10th typhoon to impact China in 2014, Matmo is moving northward after landfall Wednesday. Heavy rains were reported across the provinces bordering the Taiwan Straits, between Taiwan and mainland China.

A farmer was reported swept away by floods in Jianxi Province's De'an County, and one person died, two are missing and 87 buildings collapsed in Jiujiang City.

Floodwater poured into the Yanting reservoir of Fuzhou City in Fujian province Thursday, and 8,000 downstream residents were relocated.

Shangdong Province's meteorological office said Typhoon Matmo would arrive in the province by noon Friday.

At least 70,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.

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