Early Saturday morning Typhoon Lekima hit China’s Shandong with the same strength as a powerful Category 3 hurricane in the East Pacific and Atlantic oceans. The Typhoon made landfall in Wenling causing powerful winds and heavy rain. On Sunday Lekima moved further north up the east coast.
According to CGTN, more than 44 people were killed and nine are still missing in eastern China since the landfall. Officials say almost 5 million people in Zhejiang province have been affected, and more than one million have evacuated to a safer location.
Due to the landfall, a river was blocked the water built up broke through the eastern dam. Around 120 people in the village located in Zhejiang’s Yongjia Country because they were not able to evacuate on time. Within 10 minutes the water level rose up to nearly 33 ft which is 10 meters.
On Friday morning the Chinese weather bureau issued a red alert because of the anticipation of Lekima’s landslide. In eastern China, more than one million evacuated before the typhoon. The winds of the typhoon caused 2.7 million houses in the vicinity to lose power.