Deadly Typhoon Hits Mainland China

China evacuated 320,000 people from the east coast as Typhoon Aere (search) hit the mainland Wednesday, after a mudslide buried a family of four in northern Taiwan pushing the regional death toll to 16.

Aere came ashore at 4:30 p.m. in Fujian province (search ), south of Shanghai, state television reported, showing footage of howling winds and driving rain. Cars plowed through flooded streets littered with uprooted metal barriers. No injuries or deaths were reported on the mainland.

It was the second-strongest storm to hit China this season after Typhoon Rananim (search ), which killed 164 people and devastated the southern Chinese coast.

Earlier Wednesday, Aere battered northern Taiwan, triggering a mudslide that buried a family of four in Hsinchu County, where roads had been washed away by torrential rain and at least 5,000 people were trapped in remote villages, disaster relief officials said. Two other people were missing in the landslide, they said.

Other fatalities included a man killed by a falling utility pole in Hsinchu. A 72-year-old man was missing after being swept away by floodwaters in central Nantou county, while 15 others were injured by falling trees or other debris, officials said.

"The downpour continued all night and we didn't sleep," a woman in Hsinyi village in Nantou told the TVBS cable news as she looked at a mountain road flooded with brown water.

Earlier this week, five fishermen in Taiwan and two children in Japan also drowned in rough seas whipped up by Aere, which means "storm" in the language of the Marshall Islands.

Nearly 250,000 people have fled Taiwan's coastal areas, officials said.

In the Chinese coastal province of Fujian, some 320,000 residents in areas affected by the typhoon have been evacuated, China Central Television said without giving details. The airport in the capital city of Fuzhou has been closed and some 10,000 boats have been secured in various harbors, it said.

Emergency measures were deployed Wednesday to protect residents and their property, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

"To achieve an across-the-board victory, we must prevent any death and minimize economic losses of the people," Xinhua quoted acting governor Lu Zhangong as saying.

In the city of Wenzhou, in neighboring Zhejiang province, some 100 people were trapped after a landslide blocked the main road, but were later rescued after government officials opened a separate emergency route, CCTV said.

Evacuations were ordered Tuesday in Zhejiang and nearly 31,500 fishing boats were called back to port, Xinhua said.

Howling winds ripped power lines away from their poles in the Taiwanese capital, Taipei. Islandwide, about 1 million homes were without electricity or water, officials said.

Planes were grounded at Taipei's international airport early Wednesday but began taking off again by the afternoon.

Agricultural damage was officially estimated at $220,000, the Central News Agency reported.

Schools and financial markets were closed for a second straight day as the slow-moving storm's eye whirled west of the island in the middle of the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Strait. Aere was packing winds of 86 mph and gusts to 108 mph, according to the weather bureau.

The storm also caused heavy rains that swamped parts of the Philippine capital, Manila, forcing the evacuation of nearly 7,000 residents.

In suburban Quezon City, four bodies were recovered, including two girls who drowned and two men who were earlier reported missing after falling into a swollen creek, the Office of Civil Defense said.

Some parts of Taiwan recorded up to 4.9 feet of rainfall within the past 2 1/2 days, the weather bureau said.