Torrential rains and violent winds began to lash southern China on Saturday with the arrival of Typhoon Megi, considered the most powerful in 20 years in the Pacific, according to images broadcast on state television and the Center of Meteorology.

The streets of the city of Zhangzhou, located in the path of the typhoon, were under water, according to these images, while the National Meteorological Center of China confirmed that the typhoon had reached the coast of China and invited the public to not leave to the streets.

On the typhoon canceled flights and suspended the ferry service. At least 160,000 people were evacuated.

Megi left 36 people dead in the Philippines and at least eleven in Taiwan by the landslide, some twenty people were missing.

Chinese weather service said the typhoon was heading towards the interior of the country and gradually lose strength.

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