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China on alert as typhoon batters Taiwan

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Men shelter under umbrellas in the rain during a tide-watching trip to the Qiantang River in Haining, Zhejiang province, China on August 2, 2012. China's meteorological agency issued typhoon warnings on Thursday for the southern and eastern provinces as Typhoon Saola and Typhoon Damrey approach. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has told authorities to be on the highest alert.

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A taxi sits half-submerged on a flooded road in New Taipei City, Taiwan on August 2, 2012. Typhoon Saola pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and torrential rain that forced nearly the entire island to shut down on August 2, rescuers said.

Reuters reports — Torrential rain triggered landslides and flooding across Taiwan on Thursday, killing five people and injuring 15, as Typhoon Saola skirted the island's east and north coasts and headed towards China.

The military helped more than 1,000 people flee from the less-populated mountainous north and east of the island, while in main cities including the capital, Taipei, most businesses, schools and financial markets were shut for the day. Read the full story.

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Taiwan is recovering from Typhoon Saola that produced dangerous sinkholes, road destruction and massive flooding as the storm swept across the country. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.