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Typhoon leaves 28 dead and 20 missing in China

More than one million people were evacuated before the storm struck, including 253,000 in Shanghai.

Rescuers search for victims of a landslide triggered by Typhoon Lekima in eastern China (Chinatopix/AP)
Rescuers search for victims of a landslide triggered by Typhoon Lekima in eastern China (Chinatopix/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A powerful typhoon left at least 28 people dead in south-eastern China, after a landslide backed up a river that broke through debris and inundated homes.

Another 20 people remained missing in Zhejiang province, state media’s Xinhua News Agency said.

More than one million people were evacuated before the storm struck, including 253,000 in Shanghai.

Typhoon Lekima made landfall at 1.45am on Saturday in Wenling city, about 190 miles south of Shanghai, the China Meteorological Administration said.

The deaths occurred in Yongjia county on the outskirts of Wenzhou, a major port city. The river blocked by a landslide rose to a level of 33 feet within 10 minutes, trapping 120 villagers.

Shanghai Disneyland was closed, as were some popular tourist areas along the riverfront in the city’s historic Bund district.

“Of course, it’s a little disappointing, but it’s because of the weather so we can all understand, right. This is a natural disaster, isn’t it?” said Wang Chunguang, who was visiting from Jiangsu province north of Shanghai.

China Central Television reported 3,023 airline flights in cities including Shanghai and Hangzhou as well as some train services were cancelled.

Authorities in Shanghai also shut down the high-speed magnetic levitation train to Pudong International Airport.

Lekima, downgraded to a tropical storm, was heading slowly northward along China’s east coast on Sunday.

PA

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