Although there was some warning and preparation, China is now reeling from Typhoon Morakat, a deadly storm that made landfall earlier today, destroying hundreds of homes and flooding villages. Nearly a million people were evacuated in advance of the storm, which earlier hit the Philippines, killing 21 people, and Taiwan, which saw the worst flooding in 50 years. The typhoon hit China’s highly commercial eastern coast with rain and winds of 74 miles per hour, and at least 300 houses were destroyed, with one flattened even before the storm hit land. Four adults were buried and a 4-year-old boy was killed. Village officials are distributing food and water to residents.
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