PHOTOS: Typhoon Megi Slams Into Taiwan And Southeast China : The Two-Way The powerful storm forced tens of thousands to evacuate their homes. At least four people in Taiwan and one person in mainland China were killed.
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PHOTOS: Typhoon Megi Slams Into Taiwan And Southeast China

The streets of Xiamen in eastern China's Fujian province were submerged by floodwaters brought by Typhoon Megi on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The streets of Xiamen in eastern China's Fujian province were submerged by floodwaters brought by Typhoon Megi on Wednesday.

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In the past two days, Typhoon Megi has pounded Taiwan and the coast of southeast China and forced tens of thousands of people to evacuate amid rising floodwaters.

At least four people died in Taiwan, as the storm blasted across the island en route to China, NPR's Anthony Kuhn tells our Newscast unit. In mainland China, at least one person was killed when several buildings collapsed in Quanzhou, in Fujian province.

"Knee-high water flooded the streets of the provincial capital Fuzhou" in Fujian province, Anthony says, and "authorities evacuated around 120,000 people from the storm's path." As Reuters reports, "the province's 31,700 fishing boats have been recalled to port to avoid the high winds."

Rescue workers lead people through floodwaters brought by the typhoon in Ningde in Fujian province on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Photos from Fujian province show people in bright orange life jackets, trying to wade through brown floodwaters that reached as high as their chests.

In the wake of the typhoon, "a landslide slammed into a village in China's eastern Zhejiang province on Wednesday, swallowing up dozens of houses and leaving 27 people missing," Reuters reports.

A vegetable vendor speaks on the cellphone at a market in Xindian district of New Taipei City, as Typhoon Megi approached Taiwan on Tuesday. Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Taiwan, the Taipei Times says that more than 622 people were injured as a result of the storm, which made landfall on the island on Tuesday. The newspaper says that "more than 4,000 people [were] in shelters" and "a total of 2,402 households were still without water supply." Thousands more people faced power and telephone outages. Additionally, the Times says, "234 domestic flights and 58 international flights were cancelled yesterday."

Waters churned in the Jhihtan Dam in Xindian district, New Taipei City, as Typhoon Megi hit eastern Taiwan. Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Typhoon Megi was 310 miles in diameter at its height, Anthony reports. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center says that "the system is expected to rapidly decay as it drags westward across rugged terrain then dissipate."

Such incidents are not uncommon in this area. Reuters notes that "large swathes of China have been inundated with rain and battered by typhoons over the past few months, killing hundreds of people."

The wire service adds that "critics say local governments, especially in the frequently hit coastal provinces in China's east, misallocate funding or fail to spend enough of defences and other problems caused by heavy rain."

Fishing boats packed a port in Shishi, Fujian province, on Tuesday. Reuters reported that the province's 31,700 fishing boats were recalled to port because of high winds. Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images hide caption

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