Typhoon Fitow barrelled into China's east coast early Monday packing winds of more than 200 kilometres (124 miles) an hour, killing at least five people and impacted 4.5 million, state media reported.
Local authorities have issued the highest alert, evacuating hundreds of thousands of people from China's Zhejiang and Fujian provinces since last weekend and suspending multiple transport services. The destructive typhoon has also left four other people missing and is estimated to have caused an economic loss of 2.28 billion yuan (US$372 million).
Many houses along the Zhejiang coastal areas have collapsed from the storm and many were injured as floods hit the province. According to the official Xinhua news agency, boats and vessels were also called back and fishermen were urged to return onshore.
China's National Meteorological Centre has issued a red alert, the highest for the storm, as it moved towards the coast, adding that it is unusual for atyphoonto come ashore in China's southeast during October which marks the end of the storm season.
Typhoon Fitow had passed through Japan, causing power shortages and cancellations of some flights in the Okinawan island chain before landing in China and is expected to be heading northwest in the coming days.
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