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18 Dead and 1 Million Evacuated After Typhoon Landslide in China

BEIJING – Eighteen people were killed and 14 others missing in eastern China during a landslide triggered by a major typhoon, which caused widespread disruption in transportation and the evacuation of more than million people, the CCTV reported.
Typhoon Lekima landed early Saturday in eastern Zhejiang Province with a maximum wind speed of 116 km / h, although it weakened from its nickname “super” typhoon, Xinhua said in a report.
Zhejiang’s coastal enterprises have been shut down and the Ministry of Emergency Management has warned of the potential risk of fire, explosion and toxic gas leakage in chemical yards and oil refineries.
About 200 homes in six cities in Zhejiang collapsed and 163,830 acres of farmland were destroyed, CCTV said.
According to its regulator, thousands of flights have been canceled in eastern China, most flights to and from the two major airports in Shanghai have been canceled Saturday afternoon, revealed their websites.
The Chinese Meteorological Bureau issued an orange alert on Saturday, the second largest, after a red alert was announced on Friday, when the storm forced flights to Taiwan and shut down markets and businesses on the island.
The deadly landslide occurred about 80 miles north of the coastal town of Wenzhou, when a natural dam collapsed in an area flooded with rain with 6.3 inches of rain in less than three hours, reported CCTV.
The storm was moving north at a speed of 9.9 miles an hour and was gradually weakening, Xinhua reported, citing the weather bureau.
Strong winds and heavy rains hit Shanghai’s financial center on Saturday afternoon, and Shanghai Disneyland was closed for the day.
More than 250,000 Shanghai residents and 800,000 residents of Zhejiang Province were evacuated due to the typhoon, and 2.72 million homes in Zhejiang suffered power cuts caused by darkened power transmission lines, wind and rain, the media reported.
Nearly 200 trains passing through Jinan City in Shandong Province have been suspended until Monday, Xinhua reported.
The storm is expected to reach Jiangsu Province in the early hours of Sunday and head to the Yellow Sea before continuing north and touching the earth again in Shandong Province, CCTV said.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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