1 Million People Evacuated As Typhoon Hits China

Beijing: At least one million people were evacuated to safer areas as typhoon Lekima, the ninth typhoon of the year, made landfall in China’s Zhejiang province on Saturday, authorities said.

With a maximum wind force of 187 km/h, the super typhoon is expected to bring heavy rain to the provinces of Anhui, Fujian, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, and the municipality of Shanghai, reports Xinhua news agency.

On Friday afternoon, Zhejiang raised its emergency response to the top level.

More than 700,000 people were relocated, among whom over 110,000 were settled in 12,000 shelters.

The province has shut down hundreds of ferries, cancelled 288 flights and suspended sections of its railway lines.

Local authorities have assembled rescue teams of nearly 1,000 members, with 150 fire engines and 153 boats on call.

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

Shanghai has been affected by heavy rainstorm since Friday afternoon, according to the municipal flood control department.

Lekima is expected to move at about 15 km per hour northward and westward with abatement of wind.