Typhoon weakens after lashing Chinese coast, killing 24

At least 24 people were killed in China, Taiwan and the Philippines by Typhoon Sepat before it weakened to a tropical storm as it moved into the Chinese mainland Monday.

At least 24 people were killed in China, Taiwan and the Philippines by Typhoon Sepat before it weakened to a tropical storm as it moved into the Chinese mainland Monday.

Sepat hit the coast of China's Fujian province in the south as a typhoon early Sunday morning, bringing torrential rains and powerful winds.

Twenty people died and anotherwas missingin China'sFujian, Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces, the Xinhua News Agency reported Monday, according to Reuters.

Philippines disaster officials said three drowned in flooding caused by the typhoon, while Taiwan's disaster centre said one person had died there.

Earlier, the Chinese government evacuated about 910,000 people from the three hardest hit provinces of Fujian, Zhejiang and Jiangxi.

Xinhuaquoted one villager in Zhejiang as saying the storm "tore down my mom's old house in no more than one minute."

Sepat moved north up the coast packing winds of about120 km/h, but later weakened to strong tropical storm, Xinhua said.

Heavy rains caused by Sepat led to a train station collapsing west of Fuzhou, Fujian's capital, causing the derailment of six carriages of a cargo train.

The storm, named after a Malaysian fish, ruined crops and knocked out power in eastern and southern China.

The storm is expected to lash Hubei province in central China from Monday to Wednesday.

With files from the Associated Press