2019.08.10 14:03 GMT+8

At least 13 killed, 16 missing after typhoon Lekima hits east China

Updated 2019.08.10 17:00 GMT+8

Typhoon Lekima has killed at least 13 people in east China’s Zhejiang Province, with 16 others missing, local authorities said on Sunday.

The super tyhoon made landfall near the city of Wenling in Zhejiang at around 1:45 a.m. BJT on Saturday, with wind speeds reaching 52 meters per second at its center, according to China's National Meteorological Center.

Lekima is the ninth typhoon of the year to hit China and is predicted to be one of the strongest that hit east China in years.

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Short of time to evacuate 

Those victims were killed and went missing when a typhoon triggered landslide swept through a village in Yongjia County of Zhejiang Province, a local official said during a press conference.

"Torrential rain caused a landslide on a mountain that blocked a river below, trapping around 120 people in the villiage." 

A sudden burst happened at a barrier lake formed after the landslide, with the floodwater sweeping the downstream area.

Officials said villagers didn't have enough time to evacuate to safety as the water level rose too fast, reaching up to 10 meters within 10 minutes.

Monitoring animation captured by FY-4A satellite from 0:00 a.m. to 09:00 a.m. on August 10 (Beijing Time)./ China Meteorological Administration Photo

Over one million people relocated 

More than one million people in east China were relocated before Typhoon Lekima's landfall early Saturday.

As of Saturday morning, 253,000 people in Shanghai have been relocated, with part of the city's rail transit services including the Maglev train temporarily suspended. 

The typhoon knocked over nearly 3,000 trees and caused faults of 100 power lines, among which 80 have been restored so far.

Transportation, creational service disrupted 

As the result of the super typhoon, over one thousand flights and the train services have been canceled in most parts of east China since Friday.

China's mobile car-hailing platform Didi Chuxing also suspended parts of its service in the typhoon-affected regions in eastern China on Saturday for safety concerns, the company announced.

Several scenic spots including the Shanghai Disney Resort and Mount Tai in Shandong Province were also closed on Saturday as Lekima brought a heavy downpour in east China.

A nation-wide yellow alert for rainstorms has been issued by China's national weather observatory as heavy rains will sweep most parts of China from Friday to Saturday morning.

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