China: 18 dead, millions evacuated as typhoon Lekima makes landfall

China: 18 dead, millions evacuated as typhoon Lekima makes landfall

At least 28 people were killed and dozens reported missing due to typhoon Lekima that triggered landfall in China's Zhejiang province, according to authorities on Sunday.

Typhoon Lekima killed 32 people and left 16 missing in coastal Zhejiang province, China's state broadcaster reported.

The monster storm hit Wenling City early Saturday, packing winds of almost 190 kilometers per hour and generating waves several meters high along the coast.

Lekima has been downgraded from a super typhoon to a typhoon as it headed northwards inland.

Taiwanese airlines cancelled about 520 worldwide and domestic flights, South China Morning Post reported citing local aviation authorities.

Rescue workers used rubber dinghies to evacuate stranded people while swift currents swept by homes.

On Friday morning, China's National Meteorological Center issued a top-level red alert for Lekima with a maximum wind force reaching 209 km/h.

Lekima made landfall within the early hours of Saturday in Wenling, between Taiwan and China's monetary capital Shanghai.

Some 200 houses in six cities in Zhejiang had collapsed, and 66,300 hectares of farmland had been destroyed, CCTV said.

More than 1 million people were evacuated before the storm struck - which included 253,000 in Shanghai alone.

More than one million people were evacuated before the typhoon hit, and nearly three million people are now facing power outages.

"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".

According to reports, a total of just over one million people have been evacuated from their homes as Typhoon Lekima wreaked havoc in several areas.

China Central Television reported 3,023 airline flights in cities including Shanghai and Hangzhou as well as some train services were cancelled. Authorities have warned of more flash floods, mudslides and landslides.

The province shut down hundreds of ferries, along with flights and suspended sections of its railway lines.

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