China evacuated more than 300,000 people while they drafted in thousands of soldiers as a typhoon which brought torrential rain and powerful winds to Taiwan began to batter the mainland last Saturday.

Typhoon Soulik hit China’s southeastern Fujian province and has forced China to suspend operations in the ports of Fuzhou, Xiamen and Meizhou Bay.

China has also sent out 5,500 soldiers across the southeast coast to help with rescue efforts while public transport in Ningde City has been suspended.