Typhoon-powered tidal waves surge up China river, injure dozens

About 30 people were injured when huge waves overwhelmed a barrier on the banks of a river in eastern China on Thursday.

Onlookers had gathered in the city of Haining to witness the high tide on the Qiantang River. The tidal bore was surging higher than usual due to the influence of Typhoon Trami, which brought gales and heavy rain to parts of the country.

The tides in Haining have attracted spectators for the past two millennia, but on Thursday dozens were caught too close to the river as the waves crashed over them. Local media reported that the tidal level was recorded at over 21 feet. 

-- Reuters, The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse

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