13 people killed after mega storm hits Zhejiang

By Doug Mattushek - 10 August 2019Views : 669

Typhoon Lekima has made landfall near Shitangzhen, in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, leaving 13 people dead.

Forcing millions more from their homes, who had to be evacuated after the typhoon made landfall at around 1am on Saturday morning. At least 16 people are missing after a landslide in Wenzhou was triggered by the storm.

It is reported that Lekima is slowing winding its way to Shanghai, which has a population of more than 20 million. However the storm is expected to weaken as it moves inland, but not before catastrophic amounts of rain and punishing winds.

Taiwan has already seen winds of more than 190km/h, which is equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic.

The storm was initially dubbed a "super typhoon", but weakended slightly before landfal on Wenling - between Taiwan and China's financial capital Shanghai.

Emergency crews have battled to save motorists who were stranded due to floods, whilst fallen trees and power cuts are widespread.

With some 250,000 Shanghai residents evacuated, and another 800,000 in the Zhejiang province also being moved from their homes.

Flood warnings have been issued for eastern sections of China's Yangtze River and the Yellow River until Wednesday.

Boats were told to delay their planned trips in Shanghai and some train services have been suspended over the weekend. Beijing has also cancalled some trains heading to and from the Yangtze delta region.