At least two people were killed and more than three million affected as Typhoon Fitow hit Wenzhou city, Zhejiang province, eastern China, early on October 7.

The typhoon, the 23rd to strike China this year, destroyed some houses in Cangnan district and the island city of Naji.

Prolonged torrential rain caused power failures in many places in the province.

Wenzhou airport cancelled 27 flights, including those to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Kunming, on October 7.

In addition, railway systems in Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangxi provinces were suspended.

According to Zhejiang Flood and Drought Control Agency, 574,000 people were evacuated and nearly 35,800 ships are taking refuge in onshore shelters.

Meanwhile, its neighbour province of Fujian evacuated 117,000 people and asked nearly 30,000 fishing vessels to return to land.

Earlier on October 6, a red alert, the highest warning, was issued for typhoon Fitow.-VNA