Soulik forces 500,000 to evacuate

AFP-JIJI

Eastern China on Sunday braced for torrential downpours from Typhoon Soulik which forced the evacuation of about 500,000 people after killing two people in Taiwan.

Soulik lashed coastal Fujian province with winds of 118 kph when it made landfall but weakened to a tropical depression as it moved inland, the China Meteorological Administration said.

More than 500,000 people were evacuated from Fujian and neighboring Zhejiang province as the typhoon approached, with 5,500 soldiers deployed to carry out relief work if needed.