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Typhoon Lekima Death Toll in East China Rises to 32

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7Dnews London

Sun, 11 Aug 2019 08:14 GMT

Chinese local authorities said on Sunday August 11th that the death toll from Typhoon Lekima rose to 32 in eastern China. Rescue teams worked to locate the missing after the storm triggered a landfall and forced more than a million people to evacuate, AFP has reported. 

A powerful storm arrived in Wenling city in the early hours of Saturday, packing winds of 187 kilometres (116 miles) per hour, with waves several metres high hitting the coastline.

On Saturday August 10th, national television station CCTV said that 18 people had died in a landslide triggered by the storm's heavy rains in the province of Wenzhou, around 400 (250 miles) kilometres south of Shanghai.

It was unclear if the further 10 deaths announced Sunday resulted from the same incident. 

Twenty people were still missing, according to Zhejiang provincial authorities.

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

More than a million people were evacuated from their homes ahead of the typhoon, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Some 110,000 people were housed in shelters.

In Zhejiang province alone, nearly 300 flights were cancelled, and rail services were suspended as a precaution.

On Sunday, footage from state broadcaster CCTV showed rescue workers on boats navigating through Linhai city, where streets were completely submerged in muddy water.

Local Chinese media reports also showed teams pulling stranded citizens from bright orange inflatable boats, with skies starting to clear as the storm moved further up the coast.

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