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Typhoon Lekima: At least 28 dead, 20 missing as storm makes landfall in China

At least 28 people have been killed and 20 people are missing after Typhoon Lekima made landfall in eastern China – triggering a landslide.

The typhoon hit the coast south of Shanghai at about 1.45am local time, with more than a million residents evacuated from the area in advance.

More than 180 rescue teams, 36,000 firefighters and 8,400 fire engines were put on standby ahead of its landfall in Zhejiang province.

The typhoon has caused over 200 homes to collapse – damaging another 3,200.

Dramatic footage showed residents in the hardest-hit areas being rescued from fast-flowing waters that had inundated their homes.

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Flood prevention efforts were stepped up along Asia’s longest waterway in the wake of the top-level warning, which has also led authorities to ready evacuations, suspend train and air travel, and call for vessels to return to port.

Image: Vessels have been urged to return to port as China braces itself for extreme weather

China has cancelled 2,100 flights and some train services, including the closure of the high-speed train to Pudong International Airport.

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The typhoon also forced Taiwan to cancel flights and close markets, offices and schools.

It also left more than 40,000 homes without power on the island, where authorities have issued landslide warnings following an earlier earthquake.

China’s National Meteorological Centre said Lekima, gusting at 130mph, was the strongest typhoon since 2014.

It warned 24-hour rainfall levels across eastern China could reach up to 32cm (13in).

Image: More than 200 tourists have been evacuated from Benji island as the storm has hit China, killing at least 13 people

Cruise liners have been asked to delay their arrival in Shanghai, while some ships are set to be diverted to Hong Kong to help prevent accidents and collisions.

In Zhejiang, the ferry service has been cancelled and more than 200 tourists evacuated from Beiji island.

Three main streams of the Yangtze are likely to exceed alert levels.

The commission overseeing the river for the ministry of water resources has directed efforts to prevent floods and over-saturation of levees along its banks.

SOURCE : https://news.sky.com/story/china-on-red-alert-as-typhoon-lekima-threatens-yangtze-storm-surge-11780811

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