With heavy rain, high waves and storm gusts, typhoon „Lekima“ has reached mainland China. The hurricane, for which the authorities had issued the highest warning level, raged early this morning in the eastern Chinese city of Wenling and then moved further north.
More than a million people were brought to safety, the state news agency Xinhua reported. State media showed images of flooded roads as well as fallen power pylons and trees. „Lekima“ triggered a landslide in eastern China in which 13 people died. 16 people would be missing, the state broadcaster CCTV reported today.
Big cities affected
It was expected that „Lekima“ will also cause heavy rains in the megacities of Hangzhou and Shanghai. The provinces Anhui, Fujian, Jiangsu are also affected. Authorities warned that due to heavy rain, landslides or floods could occur.
In Shanghai, numerous sights, museums and parks were closed, as the state news agency Xinhua reported. For the first time, the 2016 opened Disney Land in Shanghai had to remain closed due to bad weather. Many express trains in eastern China have been discontinued. Hundreds of flights failed.
Warning level lowered
Previously, the typhoon raged yesterday in Japan and Taiwan. He brought a lot of rain to northern Taiwan, as a result, according to authorities, more than 3,000 households without electricity. More than 500 flights have been canceled. A 64-year-old man died in a tree fall. More than 2,500 people in flood-prone areas were brought to safety.
In Japan, more than 60 flights and about 150 ferry services in the Ryukyu region were canceled. At least four people in Okinawa Prefecture were injured, local media reported.
„Lekima“ is the ninth typhoon in the region this year. The strong hurricanes occur again and again in the summer months and affect numerous states in Southeast Asia.