Massive typhoon hits eastern China, Taiwan, killing 5

Megi, which has killed four people and injured hundreds in Taiwan since roaring in from the Pacific, made landfall at 4.40am Wednesday (9.40am NZT).

The typhoon is expected to move across Taiwan and head into the Taiwan Strait and on towards China on Wednesday where it will make landfall in the southeastern province of Fujian.

Heavy rains from Typhoon Megi caused a landslide Wednesday that left 27 people missing in China's Zhejiang province, state-run media reported.

A bus carrying Japanese tourists was swept onto its side by strong winds on National Freeway No. 3 in Changhua County, injuring eight passengers, who were sent to the hospital.

According to the government's Central Emergency Operation Center, the massive typhoon, wounded at least 32 people and forced over 5,300 others to evacuate their homes, 2,000 of whom are now residing in shelters.

Numerous injuries are believed to have been caused by falling structures and objects.

In its latest update, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said Typhoon Megi was moving northwest at 9 mph and had maximum sustained winds of 90 mph, with gusts reaching 112 mph.

It cautioned people to avoid going near mountains and rivers and to be aware of rock falls, landslides, flash floods and flooding in low-lying areas.

Over 35,000 army troops are on standby to assist the country's disaster relief.

Typhoon Megi slammed into the coast of northeast Taiwan on Tuesday, injuring dozens and leaving nearly a million homes without power.

However, typhoon Megi caused widespread damage in Taiwan, leading to a complete shutdown of schools and offices for the second day.

Packing winds of over 160kph, Megi blanketed the island by mid-afternoon as the eye of the storm made landfall on the east coast, cutting power to millions of homes. The storm had already killed at least five people in China and Taiwan, and forced the closure of schools and offices and the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Almost 3 million people were without power on Tuesday night local time as Megi lashed Taiwan.

At least 543 worldwide flights were cancelled or delayed and 270 domestic flights were cancelled because of the storm, which also caused the suspension of all high-speed and ordinary rail services.