Typhoon Lekima hits China, claims lives of 13

Last Updated: Aug 10 2019 17:32
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According to state-run media, Typhoon Lekima hit China's Zhejiang province in the early hours of Saturday.

The typhoon will move north at a speed of about 15 km/h, with gradually weakening force, the National Meteorological Centre (NMC) was quoted as saying by the China Daily. 

The NMC said that the storm will sweep through Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces before making another landfall in the southern coastal areas of the Shandong Peninsula late on Sunday. 

As per the report, at around 1:45 am local time, Lekima made landfall in Zhejiang’s Wenling city with a maximum wind force of 187 km/h. So far, it has claimed the lives of 13 people and 16 others are missing.

The NMC issued a red alert as the super typhoon approached on Friday, before downgrading the level to orange as the winds eased to 144 km/h on Saturday morning.

The storm on Friday past the northern tip of Taiwan, where nine people were injured, thousands of homes lost power temporarily and more than 500 flights were cancelled.