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Tropical Storm Bailu Kills at Least Three in Philippines, Taiwan Before Making Landfall in China
Typhoon Bailu made landfall in East China's Fujian province on Sunday after killing at least one person in Taiwan and two in the Philippines.
An 18-year-old motorcycle rider died shortly before midnight in Tainan, Taiwan, after hitting a fallen tree, a disaster response official said. At least nine people have been injured in Taiwan, including a 79-year-old man who was knocked off his motorcycle and another man of the same age injured by glass that sprayed into his home, the government's disaster response center said.
Eighteen people, including 14 tourists, were stranded by a landslide in Taiwan on Saturday. Most of the tourists were in Hualien county, which saw as much as 23 inches of rain since Thursday.
About 450 people were evacuated around the island and 12,000 households were without power late Saturday afternoon.
A mudslide swept away a warehouse in Taitung county in Taiwan's southeast.
"Wind speeds weren't that high, but what made it stand out was rainfall," Central Weather Bureau forecaster Yen Tseng-hsi said.
(AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
In the Philippines, a 17-year-old girl died when her family's house in Ilocos Norte collapsed after it was hit by a landslide Saturday, Xinhua, the Chinese news agency, reported. Two other children, ages 11 and 9, in another village also were injured in a landslide.
A 37-year-old man in Laoag City died in floodwaters that also hit the northern Philippine city, according to Xinhua.
Tropical storms and typhoons, which gather strength from the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea, hit Taiwan, China, Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam from June through November each year.
Taiwan is especially prone to mudslides following tropical storms and typhoons because of its steep terrain.
Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.
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