Typhoon makes landfall in eastern China, two dead in Taiwan

Workers removing trees uprooted by strong winds from Typhoon Dujuan, in Taipei, Taiwan, on Sept 29, 2015.
Workers removing trees uprooted by strong winds from Typhoon Dujuan, in Taipei, Taiwan, on Sept 29, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS
People walking past uprooted trees and damaged motorcycles, in the aftermath of Typhoon Dujuan in Taipei, Taiwan, on Sept 29, 2015.
People walking past uprooted trees and damaged motorcycles, in the aftermath of Typhoon Dujuan in Taipei, Taiwan, on Sept 29, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS
This handout picture released by the New Taipei City Government on Sept 29, 2015, shows the front of a hot springs hotel blocked by a mudslide caused by Typhoon Dujuan in Wulai, a rural district in New Taipei City.
This handout picture released by the New Taipei City Government on Sept 29, 2015, shows the front of a hot springs hotel blocked by a mudslide caused by Typhoon Dujuan in Wulai, a rural district in New Taipei City. PHOTO: AFP
This handout picture released by the New Taipei City Government on Sept 29, 2015, shows the front of a hot springs hotel blocked by a mudslide caused by Typhoon Dujuan in Wulai, a rural district in New Taipei City.
This handout picture released by the New Taipei City Government on Sept 29, 2015, shows the front of a hot springs hotel blocked by a mudslide caused by Typhoon Dujuan in Wulai, a rural district in New Taipei City. PHOTO: AFP
A local resident collectsing stones from the Xindian river after Typhoon Dujuan passed in New Taipei City on Sept 29, 2015.
A local resident collectsing stones from the Xindian river after Typhoon Dujuan passed in New Taipei City on Sept 29, 2015. PHOTO: AFP
A local resident checking his cellphone next to debris by the Xindian river banks in New Taipei City on Sept 29, 2015.
A local resident checking his cellphone next to debris by the Xindian river banks in New Taipei City on Sept 29, 2015.PHOTO: AFP
A police officer cordoning off a road, which is blocked by uprooted trees, in the aftermath of Typhoon Dujuan in Taipei, Taiwan, on Sept 29, 2015.
A police officer cordoning off a road, which is blocked by uprooted trees, in the aftermath of Typhoon Dujuan in Taipei, Taiwan, on Sept 29, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS
A worker removing trees uprooted by strong winds from Typhoon Dujuan in Taipei, Taiwan, on Sept 29, 2015.
A worker removing trees uprooted by strong winds from Typhoon Dujuan in Taipei, Taiwan, on Sept 29, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS
A local resident casting his net from the Xindian river after Typhoon Dujuan passed in the New Taipei City on Sept 29, 2015.
A local resident casting his net from the Xindian river after Typhoon Dujuan passed in the New Taipei City on Sept 29, 2015. PHOTO: AFP
A guard patrolling by the Xindian river banks after Typhoon Dujuan in the New Taipei City on Sept 29, 2015.
A guard patrolling by the Xindian river banks after Typhoon Dujuan in the New Taipei City on Sept 29, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (REUTERS) – China ordered tens of thousands of boats back to shore and closed tourist attractions as a typhoon made landfall in the eastern province of Fujian early on Tuesday (Sept 29) after leaving two dead and hundreds injured in Taiwan.

Fujian authorities told more than 30,000 fishing boats, carrying around 160,000 people, to return to shore as Typhoon Dujuan approached on Monday, state media reported, citing the flood control office.

The reports made no mention of any casualties in mainland China. The Taiwanese government said on Tuesday two people were killed and 324 people injured as Dujuan swept across the island.

The storm had weakened since it hit the coastal city of Putian at about 8.50am, state media said, although torrential rain swept Fujian.

Tourist attractions were closed in several districts in the vicinity. Strong gales and towering waves also hit neighbouring Zhejiang province, one of China’s industrial powerhouses, state media reported.

In Taiwan, more than a million people faced power outages and hundreds of thousands were left without water. Financial markets there were also closed on Tuesday.

Maximum wind speeds reached about 120 kmh the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing the Fujian Meteorological Service.

The Tropical Storm Risk website forecast that the storm would continue losing strength on Tuesday.

Super typhoon Soudelor killed eight people in Taiwan and cut power to more than 4 million households last month.