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Typhoon Lekima leaves 44 dead, 16 missing in China

Update: August, 12/2019 - 14:06


Photo taken with slow shutter speed shows the flooded riverway at Wangfen Village of Wangfen Township in Qingzhou, east China's Shandong Province, Aug. 11, 2019. The super typhoon Lekima is expected to make a second landing along the coastline in Shandong late Sunday, packing strong winds and heavy downpours, the National Meteorological Center warned. — XINHUA/VNA Photo

HANGZHOU/JINAN — Typhoon Lekima has left 44 dead and 16 missing 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 US$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. — XINHUA


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