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Typhoon Mujigae kills at least 11 in southern China

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Media captionTyphoon Mujigae brings strong winds to China

Typhoon Mujigae has killed at least 11 people and injured more than 200 in southern China, the Xinhua state news agency has said.

The typhoon landed in Guangdong province on Sunday but moved later to neighbouring Guanxi. Deaths and injuries were reported in both areas.

Officials said the typhoon, as well as the tornadoes that came with it, were to blame for widespread power outages.

Mujigae also swept through Taiwan and the Philippines on Saturday.

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Image caption Trees were blown down in Zhanjiang as Mujigae made landfall on Sunday

The typhoon, whose name means "rainbow" in Korean, had prompted the evacuations of thousands of people in southern China prior to its arrival.

It landed in Zhanjiang on Sunday afternoon with winds of 180 km/h (112 mph) at its centre and rain.

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Image caption Zhanjiang bore the brunt of the powerful storm

It caused widespread blackouts and a cut-off in water supply in some areas in Zhanjiang, according to Xinhua.

It grounded flights and prompted suspensions of rail service in some cities along China's southern coast, including places popular with tourists such as Hainan and Sanya.

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Image caption Elsewhere in Guangdong, in the town of Maoming, large boughs crashed onto the streets

Another tourist spot, Fangji Island, also saw more than 500 tourists stranded during the typhoon.

The Guangxi civil affairs department said the typhoon had affected more than 1.44 million people by early afternoon Monday.

Mujigae landed amid China's week-long National Day holiday, disrupting plans for many holidaymakers.

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