At Least 32 People Dead After Typhoon Lekima Hits China

By Bryan Grogan, August 11, 2019

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Thirty-two people are dead and a further 16 are missing after Typhoon Lekima struck East China this weekend. All of the fatalities occurred in Zhejiang province, where heavy rain caused a landslide in Yongjia county, Wenzhou, killing 22 people. 

Rainstorms caused the landslide, which blocked rivers in the area, causing the water level to rise as high as 10 meters. 

Five million people were affected by the storm, with over 1 million people evacuated. The storm caused extensive destruction throughout Zhejiang, as 173,000 hectares of crops were damaged, as well as 34,000 houses, with the cost of the damage totaling around RMB14.57 billion. 

Watch the video below to see the evacution underway (VPN off):

Wind strength got up to 187 kilometers per hour as the typhoon hit land at 1.45am on Saturday morning. A number of transport links, notably trains and planes, were closed throughout Saturday as East China was buffeted by strong winds and rain. 

In Shanghai, over 250,000 people were relocated early on Saturday. Elsewhere, Shanghai Disney was forced to close for the first time due to weather conditions. Folks who bought tickets to the park can use them any time within the next six months. 

Typhoon Lekima will continue to make its way up the eastern coast of China, with the storm expected to land in Shandong province late on Sunday.

READ MORE: Red Alert Issued with Typhoon Lekima Set to Hit Shanghai

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