Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

China on alert for super typhoon

China on alert for super typhoon

Typhoon Lekima is now heading towards the Zhejiang province, and the city of Shanghai, which has a population of more than 20 million.

Lekima's winds reached speeds of up to 116mph before making landfall.

The third-largest typhoon on record struck China's eastern coast early Saturday morning, killing 13 people and forcing the evacuation of over a million people, state media reported.

The agency said the typhoon damaged more than 173,000 hectares of crops and wrecked 34,000 houses.

The deadly landslide occurred about 130 kms north of the coastal city of Wenzhou, when a natural dam collapsed, CCTV reported.

About 400 vessels have been dispatched and helped rescue and evacuate more than 33,000 local residents as of 8am Sunday, the military source said.

The storm is predicted to continue weakening as it moves northward. Mangkhut also felled trees, tore scaffolding off buildings under construction and flooded some areas with waist-high water.

Before landfall, China's National Meteorological Center issued a red typhoon alert - the highest level - on Friday.

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CCTV said 3,023 airline flights in Shanghai, Hangzhou and other cities and some train services were canceled.

An estimated 2.7 million homes in the region lost electricity as power lines toppled in the high winds.

Lekima had crossed into Jiangsu province north of Shanghai and was expected to hit Shandong province later yesterday, CCTV reported.

People were killed and went missing when a landslide swept through a village in Yongjia County of Zhejiang, the CGTN cited a local official as saying in a news conference.

Visitors leave from the bund as Typhoon Lekima approaches in Shanghai Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.

Businesses in the path of the storm were shut on Saturday and the Ministry of Emergency Management warned of the potential risk of fire, explosions and toxic gas leaks at chemical parks and oil refineries.

The storm has also sparked major disruptions in Taiwan, forcing the autonomous island to close schools and ground flights.

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