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Winds from tropical storm leave three dead in eastern China

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • NEW: About 1,000 graves are damaged as a result of landslides
  • More than 300 flights delayed by torrential rains in Shanghai
  • Three people were killed in Fujian Province when Tropical Storm Meranti moved ashore Friday
  • Xinhua: more than 1 million people were affected by storm

(CNN) -- The weather system that was once Typhoon Meranti brought flooding, landslides and high winds to eastern China, leaving at least three people dead and affecting more than 1 million others, the official Xinhua news agency reported Saturday.

Meranti made landfall at Shishi city, in Fujian Province, on Friday at 3:30 a.m. as a tropical storm, according to Xinhua.

The storm packed winds of up to 67 mph (108 kmh). The three fatalities were caused when strong winds destroyed the victims' homes, Xinhua reported, citing the Fujian provincial office of flood control.

The office also said in a statement that more than 186,500 people were evacuated because of the storm. Economic losses are estimated to be about 800.3 million yuan (about US $117.7 million).

Meanwhile Saturday, more than 300 flights out of Shanghai were delayed by the torrential rains left in Meranti's wake, Xinhua reported.

In China's eastern Zhejiang Province, landslides damaged about 1,000 graves and triggered a flow of debris, Xinhua reported. No casualties were reported in the slides.

Meranti moved on to Zhejiang Province at 7 p.m. Friday, before dissipating early Saturday. It is no longer a tropical storm.

Heavy rainfall is forecast to continue over the next three days, according to local weather reports.