China battles powerful Typhoon Lekima — Xinhua Headlines

China battles powerful Typhoon Lekima — Xinhua Headlines

China battles powerful Typhoon Lekima — Xinhua Headlines

It made a second landing on Sunday night on the coast of Qingdao in Shandong province.

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

"In Zhejiang alone, more than 21,000 service personnel and militia members have been engaged in rescue and relief".

Lekima, the ninth typhoon of this year, landed around 1:45 a.m.

In Shandong, it has left five people dead and seven missing, affecting 1.66 million people and forcing the relocation of 183,800 as of Monday morning, said the provincial emergency management department.

Dajing town is seen damaged and partially submerged in floodwaters in the aftermath of Typhoon Lekima in Leqing, Zhejiang province, China on August 10, 2019.

In Zhejiang, the typhoon damaged more than 173,000 hectares of crops and 34,000 houses. He helped the children of his neighbors escape but did not have time to save the mother.

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It has already damaged more than 189,000 hectares of crops and 36,000 homes in Zhejiang, provincial authorities said, estimating the economic losses at 16.6 billion yuan (US$2.35 billion).

The waves beating against the bank in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province on August 11, 2019.

Heavy downpours and floods were still battering Shandong on Monday.

Lekima affected air traffic as well as the daily lives of the people.

Thousands of flights were cancelled and rail operations suspended, causing travel chaos.

On Friday morning, China's National Meteorological Center issued a top-level red alert for Lekima with a maximum wind force reaching 209 km/h. Local airports had to adjust 47 flights and all kindergartens, elementary and middle schools closed. More than 88,000 people in the province have been evacuated to safe places.

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