Typhoon Lekima: 18 killed in eastern China after landslide

Eighteen people were killed and 14 are missing in eastern China on a major typhoon landslide that caused widespread disruptions in transport and the evacuation of over one million people, state broadcaster CCTV said.

Typhoon Lekima hit the mainland on Saturday in eastern Zhejiang province with maximum winds of 187 km / h, although it has weakened since its previous designation of super typhoon, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Thousands of flights were canceled in eastern China, according to the country's aviation regulator, with most flights on and off Shanghai's two main airports canceled on Saturday afternoon, their websites showed.

China's meteorological department issued an orange alert on Saturday - the second highest - after posting a red alert on Friday when the storm forced flights to be canceled in Taiwan and closed markets and businesses on the island.

The deadly landslide occurred about 130 km north of the coastal city of Wenzhou when a natural dam collapsed in an area flooded with 160 mm of rain within three hours, CCTV reported.

The storm was moving north at 9 mph and was gradually fading, Xinhua reported, citing the weather department. Heavy winds and heavy rains hit Shanghai's financial center on Saturday afternoon, and Shanghai's Disneyland closed during the day.

Nearly 200 hundreds of trains through Jinan City, Shandong Province, were suspended until Monday, Xinhua said.

More than 250.000 residents in Shanghai and 800.000 in Zhejiang province were evacuated due to the typhoon, and 2.72 million homes in Zhejiang suffered blackouts as strong winds and rain reduced electricity transmission lines, state media reported.

About 200 houses in six Zhejiang cities collapsed and 66.300 hectares of land were destroyed, CCTV said.

The storm is forecast to hit Jiangsu province early Sunday morning and deviate from the Yellow Sea before heading north and stopping again in Shandong province, CCTV said.

Zhejiang's coastal companies were shut down and the emergency management ministry warned of the potential risk of fires, explosions and toxic gas leaks in chemical parks and oil refineries.

Source: Guardian


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