Typhoon Lekima triggers havoc in Eastern China

Lekima, China’s ninth typhoon of this year,  made landfall early on Saturday in the eastern province of Zhejiang with maximum winds of 187 km (116 miles) per hour, leaving behind a trail of destruction. 

Rising death toll

The death toll from a major typhoon in eastern China rose to 30 on Sunday, with 18 people missing, state broadcaster CCTV reported, as the storm moved further north up the coast.

In Zhejiang, many of the deaths occurred about 130 km north of the coastal city of Wenzhou, where a natural dam collapsed in an area deluged with 160 mm (6.3 inches) of rain within three hours.


Landslide hits Wenzhou

The storm's downpours triggered a major landslide in the municipality of Wenzhou around 400 kilometres (250 miles) south of Shanghai.

"Torrential rains caused a landslide on a mountain that blocked a river below," national television station CCTV reported, adding that the resulting "dam" created a lake which swept downstream when it burst.


Flights cancelled

An estimated 3,200 flights were cancelled, according to the country's aviation regulator, with most flights into and out of Shanghai's two major airports cancelled on Saturday afternoon, their websites showed.


Massive economic losses

The typhoon damaged more than 173,000 hectares of crops and 34,000 homes in Zhejiang, provincial authorities said in estimating the economic losses at 14.57 billion yuan ($2 billion), the state news agency Xinhua said.


Shanghai Disneyland shut

High winds and heavy rains battered the financial hub of Shanghai on Saturday afternoon, and Shanghai Disneyland was shut for the day.


Rescue teams put in force

State media reports showed rescuers wading in waist-high waters to evacuate people from their homes, while the Ministry of Emergency Management said that more than one million people in the financial hub of Shanghai, as well as Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces, have been evacuated due to the typhoon.


Dajing Town submerged

Dajing town has been damaged and partially submerged in floodwaters in the aftermath of Typhoon Lekima in Leqing, Zhejiang province, China.


Coastal businesses shut down

Coastal businesses in Zhejiang were shut and the Ministry of Emergency Management warned of potential risk of fire, explosions and toxic gas leaks at chemical parks and oil refineries.


China put on orange alert

China's weather bureau on Saturday issued an orange alert, its second-highest, after posting a red alert on Friday.