Typhoon Soudelor, the deadliest of the 10 typhoons to hit the West Pacific Basin this year, claimed at least 24 lives when it slammed China and Taiwan over the weekend. The disastrous cyclone flooded the streets, drowned power lines, caused mudslides and destroyed houses, along with creating a powerful tornado.
After forcing more than 200,000 people to evacuate their houses and move to higher ground, Soudelor finally weakened into a tropical storm before making a landfall. Since then, the power has been restored in many places and people have begun sharing harrowing videos capturing the carnage caused by the deadly disaster.
The typhoon, which recorded peak winds of 180 miles per hour, did not only send people and vehicles flying – it was powerful enough to lift a plane off the ground.
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The strong wind blew also over a building.
The tornado was strong enough to rip a minivan and toss it hundreds of feet up in the air.
More than 3.1 million people have been affected in China, according to the National Command for Flood and Drought Resistance. Although China's weather authority has lifted the typhoon warning, the continuous rainfall is proving a major obstacle for rescue workers and authorities.
Meanwhile in Taiwan, Soudelor killed seven and injured more than 400 people. Five people still remain missing, Taiwan's National Fire Agency told CNN.
More 560 houses collapsed and another 1,200 were damaged in China, with direct economic losses totaling $91.5 million, according to the local government.