12 dead, 16 missing as Typhoon Lekima hits China

China, Taizhou,Zhejiang
Waves hit a sea wall in front of buildings in Taizhou, China's eastern Zhejiang province. AFP

Beijing - More than 1 million people were evacuated before the storm struck.



By AFP

Published: Sat 10 Aug 2019, 11:09 AM

Last updated: Sat 10 Aug 2019, 2:12 PM

At least 13 people were killed Saturday after Typhoon Lekima stuck the coast south of Shanghai, knocking down houses and trees, Chinese state TV reported.

Another 16 people are missing after Lekima hit land at 1:45 a.m. on Saturday in Zhejiang province, the report said. It said more than 200 houses collapsed and 3,200 were damaged.

More than 1 million people were evacuated before the storm struck, the official Xinhua News Agency said. That included 253,000 in Shanghai.

State TV said 2,100 flights and some train services were canceled. Authorities in Shanghai also shut down the high-speed train to Pudong International Airport.


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