Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 19 August 2019

Death toll rises to 45 as east China deals with the aftermath of Typhoon Lekima

Sixteen people are still missing as the storm makes its way up the eastern coast of China

Firefighters search for survivors in collapsed houses damaged by a landslide after Typhoon Lekima hit Shanzao village in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, China. Reuters
Firefighters search for survivors in collapsed houses damaged by a landslide after Typhoon Lekima hit Shanzao village in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, China. Reuters

The death toll from a typhoon in eastern China has risen to 45, with an estimated 16 people missing.

The official Xinhua News Agency said on Monday that five people have died and seven remain missing in Shandong province after Typhoon Lekima moved up the eastern seaboard.

The typhoon forced evacuations affecting more than 180,000 people in Shandong and inflicted losses of 1.48 billion yuan (Dh775 million).

Another 39 died and nine are unaccounted for in Zhejiang province, and another person was killed in neighbouring Anhui.

Heavy downpours and floods were still battering Shandong on Monday and rescue efforts were under way.

The commercial hub of Shanghai also experienced heavy wind and rain, while in Beijing to the north there were clear skies on Monday after rain at the weekend. Floods have also struck north-eastern Manchuria.

Prior to Lekima striking the coast, the Chinese government issued its top warning to prepare for the storm and more than one million people were affected as homes were evacuated.

The State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters warned authorities overseeing seven provinces including Zhejiang, Fujian, Jiangsu and Shanghai Municipality to make preparations and have emergency response systems ready.

In Zhejiang, about 5,000 fishing boats were recalled to port, authorities reported.

Updated: August 12, 2019 05:09 PM

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