Death toll from tropical storm in China rises to 6

At least 8 remain missing, with Nepartak affecting around 449,000 people in eastern provinces

Death toll from tropical storm in China rises to 6

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least six people have been confirmed dead while eight remain missing after a tropical storm hit eastern China.

The state-run China Daily also reported Monday that around 203,000 people had been temporarily evacuated in the provinces of Fujian and Jiangxi after Nepartak destroyed nearly 1,900 houses.

According to the Ministry of Civil Affairs, around 449,000 people were affected in total while almost 15,800 hectares of crops were reported damaged -- with 1,600 hectares of it “totally destroyed”.

Direct economic losses were recorded at approximately 860 million yuan ($128.7 million).

Nepartak was downgraded from a typhoon to a tropical storm around the time it hit China's east coast at noon Saturday.

Before making landfall on the mainland, Nepartak swept through Taiwan where the ministry of health and welfare reported that two people were killed and more than 300 others injured.

Heavy rainfall and strong winds are forecast to continue in Fujian, Jiangxi and the neighboring province of Zhejiang.

The mainland had been bracing for the storm following more than a week of torrential rains that left at least 160 people dead.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 11 Temmuz 2016, 12:03