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Typhoon Lekima approaches the Shitang Township of Wenling City in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. Typhoon Lekima struck the coast south of Shanghai, knocking down homes and trees.

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Typhoon Lekima approaches the Shitang Township of Wenling City in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. Typhoon Lekima struck the coast south of Shanghai, knocking down homes and trees.

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At least 33 men and women have been killed and many men and women stay missing just after a typhoon created landfall in eastern China. Typhoon Lekima swept along the coast south of Shanghai early Sunday morning, causing hundreds of houses to collapse.

A lot more than a million residents had been evacuated from China’s coast in advance of the storm, and far more than 180 rescue teams, 36,000 firefighters and eight,400 fire engines had been on standby, according to Sky News.

China has also cancelled flights, and temporarily shut down a higher-speed train in between Shanghai and other cities.

China’s Xinhua news agency reports,

“In Zhejiang alone, far more than 21,000 service personnel and militia members have been engaged in rescue and relief. They stacked sandbags, drained muddy water off the streets and rode on inflatable boats to evacuate residents who lived in the 1,600-year-old town of Linhai, exactly where streets had been entirely submerged on Saturday.

“Military rescue teams had been known as to the city of Taizhou in Zhejiang, exactly where a huge element of urban regions suffered energy cuts, shortage of tap water and disruption of communication.”

The typhoon has spurred landslides, such as in a village in Yongjia county, exactly where 23 men and women had been killed. In the city of Linhai, water reached the best of the initially floor of buildings, “leaving only treetops sticking out,” according to The New York Instances.

Video footage and photographs showed some stranded villagers getting brought to security by rescuers in rubber dinghies.

Given that producing landfall, Lekima has been downgraded to a tropical storm. It is the ninth typhoon to hit China this year, according to China’s Xinhua news agency.

Xinhua reports the direct financial loss from the typhoon amounts to $two.1 billion.

“Lekima is like a horse with an incredibly fierce temper. It rakes in so a lot water as it types off the ocean. Sustained downpours pushed a lot of rivers to pretty risky levels,” Luo Yuezhen, a best meteorologist with the Zhejiang climate service center, told Xinhua.

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