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China reels after Typhoon Krosa

Some five million people have been affected by a powerful storm that hit China's south-east coast, destroying houses and causing widespread flooding.

More than 1.4 million people were evacuated ahead of Typhoon Krosa, which struck Zhejiang and Fujian provinces on Sunday, Xinhua news agency reported.

No deaths were reported and it was later downgraded to a tropical storm.

In Vietnam, meanwhile, the toll from Typhoon Lekima, which struck last week, rose to at least 55, officials said.

Hardest hit were the provinces of Thanh Hoa and Nghe An, south of the capital, Hanoi.

Hundreds of thousands of homes were said to be under water, and a Red Cross official described the situation as "very acute".

Several bombs from the Vietnam War era that were exposed by landslides have been defused by military engineers, local media reported.


51 killed in worst floods in Vietnam in 45 years
HANOI, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Fifty-one people were killed and 14 others went missing since the most severe floods in Vietnam over the past 45 years started hitting the country's northern and central regions on Oct. 4, Vietnam News Agency reported Monday.

In the flooding triggered by torrential rain, central Nghe An province suffered biggest human loss with 22 deaths and three missing, followed by northern Hoa Binh province with nine deaths and three missing, and northern Son La province with seven deaths and three missing, the agency quoted the country's Central Steering Committee for Flood and Storm Prevention as reporting.

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