Typhoon Lekima Causes Havoc in China, Causes US$2 Billion Loss, Kills 30, Millions Evacuated

  • The Chinese state media has said that the Typhoon Lekima has hit mainland China, triggering landslide that killed 30 people. 18 people are still missing. Reports say the Typhoon Lekima made its landfall in Zhejiang province at a speed of 187 km (116 mi) per hour early on Saturday. The storm is moving further north up the coast, causing traffic disruptions. Xinhua, the state news agency, has said that the typhoon has caused widespread mayhem along its path, amounting to a total economic loss of 14.57 billion Yuan (US$2 billion). 34,000 homes and over 173,000 hectares of crops have been damaged. Most of the reported deaths have taken place at around 130 km (81 mi) north of Wenzhou coastal city due to a landslide (caused after the collapse of a natural dam). China’s Ministry of Emergency Management has said that over 1 million people have been evacuated till now.