22 perish and a million evacuated as typhoon hits China


At least 22 people have been killed in China after a powerful super typhoon slammed into the country’s Zhejiang province. Another 14 people were missing, Reuters reported.
The deaths were caused by landslides triggered by the storm.
Typhoon Lekima made landfall early Saturday and forced evacuations of more than a million people, according to the country’s state broadcaster CCTV.
“Now the disaster zones are mainly in the rural-urban integration zones,” Fu Songliang, a rescue worker in Ningbo City told Reuters. “These are low-lying areas. When the flooding from mountainous areas converges and comes down, these areas are quite seriously affected.”
Lekima made landfall in the early hours of Saturday in Wenling, between Taiwan and China’s financial capital Shanghai.
The storm was initially designated a “super typhoon”, but weakened slightly before landfall.
The fatal landslide happened in Wenzhou, near where the storm made landfall, state media said. It occurred after a barrier lake – or natural dam – formed, pooling water from the heavy rains before collapsing.
Lekima is now slowly winding its way north through the Zhejiang province, and is expected to hit Shanghai, which has a population of more than 20 million.
According to Reuters, Emergency crews have battled to save stranded motorists from floods and searched for survivors in the rubble of damaged buildings. Fallen trees and power cuts are widespread.
Shanghai evacuated some 250,000 residents, with another 800,000 in Zhejiang province also being taken from their homes.
An estimated 2.7 million homes in the region lost power as power lines toppled in the high winds, Chinese state media said.


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