Monday, 19 August, 2019

Monster storm: Typhoon Lekima death toll rises to 44 in eastern China

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Patty Aguilar | 12 August, 2019, 17:20

Typhoon Lekima has left 44 dead and 16 missing in two Chinese provinces, wreaking havoc there with torrential rains and strong gales, Trend reports citing Xinhua.

Footage on state broadcaster CCTV showed fields and streets flooded by muddy water, submerged vehicles, scattered debris and trees blown over as strong winds and rain from Typhoon Lekima pounded cities along the seaboard.

It made a second landing in Shandong on Sunday night where it killed five people, while seven others were missing.

More than a million people were evacuated from their homes ahead of the typhoon, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

"In Zhejiang alone, more than 21,000 service personnel and militia members have been engaged in rescue and relief".

The typhoon has spurred landslides, including in a village in Yongjia county, where 23 people were killed.

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The Shandong Emergency Management Bureau said more than 180,000 people were evacuated in the province, adding to an earlier evacuation of roughly 1 million people in Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces as well as the financial hub of Shanghai.

In Zhejiang, the typhoon damaged more than 173,000 hectares of crops and 34,000 houses. It damaged 234,000 hectares of crops, inflicting a direct economic loss of 24.22 billion yuan (about 3.4 billion USA dollars).

The waves beating against the bank in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province on August 11, 2019. A total of 47 flights have been suspended.

Red alert has been sounded in the coastal city of Qingdao. All tourist destinations have been closed to the public.

Shandong provincial educational authorities banned schooling for all kindergartens, elementary and middle schools.

Lekima is expected to travel through Shandong and enter the Bohai Sea.

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