Dramatic Rescues as Typhoon Lekima Hits China

City airports go into shutdown as Typhoon Lekima hits Shanghai

The death toll from Typhoon Lekima rose to 28 in eastern China, said local authorities on Sunday, as rescue teams worked to locate the missing after the storm triggered a landslide and forced more than a million people to evacuate.

At least 18 people were killed Saturday after Typhoon Lekima struck China's coast south of Shanghai, knocking down houses and trees, state TV reported.

At least 10 other individuals are reported missing following the incident, the BBC wrote, while damage is widespread and search and rescue crews are combing the area for survivors.

Typhoon Lekima made landfall early on August 10 in the eastern province of Zhejiang with winds gusting to 116 miles per hour, causing travel chaos with thousands of flights canceled and rail operations suspended.

The storm was initially designated a "super typhoon", but weakened slightly before landfall.

Rescue workers used rubber dinghies to evacuate stranded people while swift currents swept by homes.

China was also hit by a magnitude six natural disaster just a day ago, so experts are warning that this, alongside the typhoon, could cause more landslides due to the unstable ground.

Almost 1.08 million people have been evacuated to safe places, and close to 5 million people in Zhejiang were affected, said the provincial flood control headquarters.

The typhoon damaged more than 189,000 hectares of crops and 36,000 houses, and the direct economic losses reached 16.6 billion yuan (about 2.3 billion US dollars), the office said.

State agency reported more than 250,000 residents in Shanghai and 800,000 in Zhejiang province were evacuated as relief measures ahead of the storm.

Air China Ltd, China Eastern Airlines Corp and China Southern Airlines Co were among those that announced flight cancellations, and high-speed rail services were affected in multiple cities, according to local media.

More heavy rain was forecast for the Shanghai area and the neighbouring provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, with authorities warning of possible flash floods, mudslides and landslides caused by the downpours. Fallen timber and energy cuts are frequent. Shanghai Disneyland was also shut due to the storm.

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