Typhoon Lekima: 13 dead and a million evacuated in China
At least 13 people have been killed and more than a million forced from their ho
mes as Typhoon Lekima hit China.
Sixteen people were also missing after a landslide was triggered by the storm, s
tate media reported.
The storm was initially designated a "super typhoon", but weakened slightly befo
re landfall - when it still had winds of 187km/h (116mph).
The fatal landslide happened when a dam broke in Wenzhou, near where the storm m
ade landfall, state media said.
官媒報導 溫州附近的一座大壩潰堤 引發致命的土石流
Lekima is now slowly winding its way north through the Zhejiang province, and is
expected to hit Shanghai, which has a population of more than 20 million.
Emergency crews have battled to save stranded motorists from floods. Fallen tree
s and power cuts are widespread.
Authorities have cancelled more than a thousand flights and cancelled train serv
ices as the city prepares for the storm.
It is expected to weaken further by the time it reaches Shanghai, but will still
bring a high risk of dangerous flooding.
The city evacuated some 250,000 residents, with another 800,000 in the Zhejiang
province also being taken from their homes.
An estimated 2.7 million homes in the region lost power as power lines toppled i
n the high winds, Chinese state media said
It is the ninth typhoon of the year, Xinhua news said - but the strongest storm
seen in years. It was initially given China's highest level of weather warning b
ut was later downgraded to an "orange" level.
根據新華社報導 這是今年的第九號颱風 但卻是今年最強烈的風暴
Chinese weather forecasters said the storm was moving north at just 15km/h (9mph
It earlier passed Taiwan, skirting its northern tip and causing a handful of inj
uries and some property damage.
Coming just a day after a magnitude six earthquake, experts warned that the comb
ination of earth movement and heavy rain increased the risk of landslides.
Lekima is one of two typhoons in the western Pacific at the moment.
Further east, Typhoon Krosa is spreading heavy rain across the Northern Mariana
Islands and Guam. It is moving north-west and could strike Japan some time next
week, forecasters said.