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‘Lekima’ affects 6M people in China

August 13, 2019

More than 6 million people have been affected by Typhoon “Lekima” after it made landfall Saturday in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province.

As of 5 p.m Sunday, the super typhoon left 6.51 million people in distress due to massive floodings, food shortage and power outage in the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shandong and Fujian as well as the city of Shanghai, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

Authorities have relocated some 1.46 million people, the ministry said.

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Rescuers look for survivors in the rubble of damaged buildings after a landslide caused by torrential rain from Typhoon Lekima, at Yongjia, in Wenzhou, in China’s eastern Zhejiang province on August 10, 2019. China OUT / AFP / STR

East China’s Shandong Province braced for the full impact for Typhoon Lekima on Sunday, after 32 people died and 16 remained missing in Zhejiang Province where the storm first made landfall.

The typhoon is expected to lash Shandong’s coastline late Sunday, bringing strong winds and torrential rains, the National Meteorological Center warned on Sunday.

By midday Sunday, more than 35,000 hectares of crops had already been destroyed and 57 houses had collapsed, causing direct economic losses of 94.79 million yuan ($13.4 million), the statement reads.

Shandong air traffic management bureau said the typhoon will impact airports of the area. Forty-seven flights have been adjusted, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

The Shandong education department also ordered all primary and secondary schools and kindergartens not to hold activities.

Lekima, the ninth typhoon this year, landed around 1:45 a.m. Saturday in Zhejiang, bringing heavy rainstorms and triggering flash floods in the province.

The typhoon has also left 44 dead and 16 missing as of 9 a.m. Monday in two Chinese provinces, wreaking havoc there with torrential rains and strong gales.

By Monday morning, the death toll in Zhejiang Province has risen to 39 while nine others remained missing, said the Zhejiang provincial flood control headquarters.

The ninth and strongest typhoon of the year has affected 6.68 million residents in Zhejiang, among whom 1.26 million were evacuated. It damaged 234,000 hectares of crops, inflicting a direct economic loss of 24.22 billion yuan (about $3.4 billion).

Lekima landed at around 1:45 a.m. Saturday in the city of Wenling in Zhejiang. It made a second landing at 8:50 p.m. Sunday on the coast of Qingdao in Shandong Province.

In Shandong, it has left five people dead and seven missing, affecting 1.66 million people and forcing the relocation of 183,800 as of Monday morning, said the provincial emergency management department.

Global Times

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