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Dozens injured as huge wave made more powerful by Typhoon Trami smashes into riverfront in China

The tidal bore had been made more powerful by typhoon Trami
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Dozens of people have been hurt in China after a huge wave crashed into a riverfront area.

The tidal bore, which had been made more powerful by Typhoon Trami, destroyed part of a protection wall and net along the Qiantang River near the city of Hainin in eastern Zhejiang Province.

A tidal bore occurs when a fast-rising tide is funnelled into an upstream wave.

This particular tidal bore, which was an estimated 20 metres high, had gathered extra strength because of the typhoon conditions which recently hit the area.

Typhoon Trami is the 12th typhoon to hit China this year.

Experts say it and its associated rainstorms have affected 1.4 million people in southeast China's coastal provinces Zhejiang and Fujian.

Trami made landfall on Thursday morning and has since weakened to a tropical depression in neighboring Jiangxi Province.

More than 30 people were injured when the tidal bore, which set a record for the highest in a decade, hit the seafront. The injured were being treated in hospital and no deaths were reported.

An onlooker gets caught by a huge wave as it crashes against the shore in eastern China's Zhejiang province

Onlookers are washed away by huge waves from the "Haining tide"

Onlookers run away from huge waves from the "Haining tide" in the region in Haining, in eastern China's Zhejiang province

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