Typhoon Lekima Kills At Least 22 In China

Typhoon Lekima Kills At Least 22 In China

Rescuers battle to dig out landslide victims after the typhoon struck. A river that was blocked by a landslide rose 10 meters and then broke through the debris, flooding homes.

Ten others have been reported missing.

On Friday morning, China's National Meteorological Center issued a red typhoon alert - the highest level - meaning businesses and schools in affected areas were advised to close.

Military rescue teams were called to the city of Taizhou in Zhejiang, where a large part of urban areas suffered power cuts, shortage of tap water and disruption of communication, reported Xinhua news agency.

On Saturday, thousands of flights, mostly inbound and outbound from Shanghai's two major airports were cancelled, according to the country's aviation control department.

With a maximum wind force of 187 km/h, Typhoon Lekima, the ninth of the year, typhoon Lekima made landfall at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday in Wenling City.

The storm is predicted to continue weakening as it moves northward.

It also triggered landslide and floods in China's Yongjia County in Zhejian. Hundreds of flights to and from Taiwan were cancelled, and some 16,000 people were slated to be evacuated in Shanghai, according to the Shanghai Daily.

Lekima is now slowly winding its methodology north thru the Zhejiang province, and is anticipated to hit Shanghai, which has a population of higher than 20 million.

At least 18 people are confirmed dead after a powerful typhoon made landfall in China early Saturday morning.

Three people were killed by falling trees in the southern metropolis of Guangzhou.

On Sunday, footage from CCTV showed rescue workers on boats navigating through Linhai city, where streets were completely submerged in muddy water. Millions of residents were evacuated, and at least 54 people died.

The typhoon brought Hong Kong to a standstill, injuring more than 200 people. The typhoon blew down almost 3,000 trees and caused faults of 100 power lines, among which 80 have been restored so far.

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