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Lekima Leaves 47 Dead, 21 Missing in China

12 August 2019

The monster storm hit Wenling city early Saturday, packing winds of almost 190 km per hour (120 miles per hour) and generating waves several meters high along the coast.

"Currently, search and rescue work from various regions is still ongoing", they said on social media platform Weibo.

Most of the victims were in a village in Yongjia, where a landslide blocked a river that then poured into the small town, killing 23 people.

The Shandong Emergency Management Bureau said more than 180,000 people were evacuated in the province, adding to an earlier evacuation of roughly 1 million people in Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces as well as the financial hub of Shanghai.

In Zhejiang, numerous deaths occurred about 130km north of the coastal city of Wenzhou, where a natural dam collapsed in an area deluged with 160 millimetres of rain within three hours, causing a landslide. It rakes in so much water as it forms off the ocean.

"I heard a loud bang around 4 a.m. Saturday, and I climbed up to check and saw the first floor was already full of water".

Staff members transport relief supplies via a rubber dinghy in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang Province, Aug. 10, 2019. About 35,000 houses have been damaged while 3,500 homes have collapsed.

The death toll in Zhejiang rose to 39 while nine others remained missing till Monday, Xinhua news agency reported. The typhoon damaged more than 189,000 hectares of crops and 36,000 houses, and the direct economic losses reached 16.6 billion yuan (about $2.3 billion), the office said.

Heavy downpours and floods were still battering Shandong on Monday. A total of 47 flights have been adjusted.

In the northeastern province, more than 106,000 residents have been relocated, 28 trains disrupted and all major tourist destinations closed.

Shandong provincial educational authorities banned schooling for all kindergartens, elementary and middle schools. Lekima is expected to travel through Shandong and enter the Bohai Sea by Monday.

Lekima Leaves 47 Dead, 21 Missing in China