IMAGE: MUDDY CHINESE STREET
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A resident cleans up mud in Fuding, China, on Monday after Typhoon Krosa caused flooding in the southeastern city.
updated 10/9/2007 9:56:40 AM ET 2007-10-09T13:56:40

Southeast China was digging out Tuesday from flooding and landslides after remnants of Typhoon Krosa deluged the region with torrential rains, causing damage estimated at more than $1 billion.

The storm dissipated late Monday, leaving flooded streets and fields, washed-out roads and railway lines and thousands of destroyed buildings, the official Xinhua News Agency and state television reports said.

There were no reports of casualties from Krosa, downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm on Sunday.

Authorities arranged the evacuations of nearly 1.6 million people in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces, to the south of Shanghai.

The storm caused an estimated $1 billion in damage in Zhejiang province and $61 million in damage in Fujian, Xinhua reported.

In Shanghai, China's biggest city, waterfront walkways along the Huangpu River were flooded as the storm dumped up to five feet of rain in areas upstream.

A train was derailed by a mudslide between the cities of Wenzhou and Jinhua in Zhejiang province, southwest of Shanghai, state-run Zhejiang Television reported late Monday. But rescue workers said its 600 passengers and crew escaped uninjured.

Television footage showed streets flooded waist-deep in several provincial cities.

China's typhoon season came relatively late this year: Krosa — the Cambodian word for crane — was the second big storm to hit the region in a month.

Krosa earlier wrought havoc in Taiwan as a category 4 typhoon.

A landslide killed two people in a mountainous area of the capital, Taipei, while isolated accidents caused by high winds killed another two. A traffic accident caused the fifth casualty, Taiwan’s National Fire Agency reported.

Driving rain flooded homes, blocked roads and downed trees across the island, cutting power to 2.2 million homes and businesses, the agency said.

Power was restored to most homes on Sunday but many flights were cancelled.

Typhoons regularly hit China, Taiwan, the Philippines and Japan from August through the end of the year, gathering strength from the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean or the South China Sea before weakening over land.

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