Typhoon leaves 28 dead and 20 missing in China

Typhoon leaves 28 dead and 20 missing in China

Typhoon leaves 28 dead and 20 missing in China

Authorities have cancelled more than a thousand flights and train services for safety.

Typhoon Lekima made landfall in the early hours of Saturday in Wenling city, and made its way north towards China's financial capital Shanghai.

As it barreled inland, it caused a natural dam to collapse, leading to the deadly landslide which took place around 130km north of the coastal city of Wenzhou, CCTV reported.

Lekima, China's ninth typhoon this year, is expected to make a second landing along the coastline in Shandong province, prompting more flight cancellations and the closure of some expressways. Sixteen people were still missing, authorities said.

Another 20 people remained missing in Zhejiang province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

Super typhoon Mangkhut brought hurricane-force winds over 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles/h) to Hong Kong and the neighboring gambling hub of Macau, before making landfall in China.

Typhoon Lekima forced evacuations of more than a million people, including 250,000 in Shanghai, according to the country's state broadcaster CCTV.

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

In Zhejiang, almost 1.22 million people have been evacuated from their homes, and close to 5 million people were affected, said the provincial flood control headquarters.

Before landfall, China's National Meteorological Center issued a red typhoon alert - the highest level - on Friday.

The typhoon accompanied with torrential rain and heavy winds downed over 3,000 trees and knocked out 100 power lines, among which 80 have been restored so far, the CGTN said.

Flights, high-speed train and metro services were cancelled in Shanghai as the strongest typhoon to hit the region this year swept past Taiwan and headed toward the Chinese coast.

For the first time, Shanghai's Disneyland complex was closed on Saturday due to bad weather since it opened in 2016, local press reported.

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