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China forecasts heavy rain from Typhoon Soulik

Published on Jul 14, 2013 1:13 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - Typhoon Soulik was set to dump up to 18 centimetres of rain on eastern parts of China in just 24 hours, forecasters said on Sunday, a day after the storm killed two when it battered Taiwan.

The typhoon was downgraded to a tropical depression at 5am as it swept inland, and "its strength will continue to weaken", the China Meteorological Administration said on its website.

It set the typhoon warning at blue, the lowest of four levels, after windspeeds dropped from 118 kilometres per hour when it first struck the coast of Fujian, to 58 kmh as it passed over Jiangxi province.

More than half a million people had been evacuated from Fujian and Zhejiang provinces as the typhoon approached, with 5,500 soldiers deployed to carry out relief work if needed.

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