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12 Aug 2019 | 12:08 PM UTC

China: Death toll rises to 44 as Typhoon Lekima hits eastern China /update 5

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Officials confirm at least 44 fatalities due to Typhoon Lekima August 12; evacuations are ongoing

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/11/2019, 12:00 AM until 8/14/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Shanghai). COUNTRY/REGION Shanghai, Jiangsu province, Shandong province, Zhejiang province

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As of Monday, August 12, the death toll in eastern China rose to 44 people due to Typhoon Lekima, while an additional 16 people remain missing. More than 180,000 people were evacuated in Shadong province, following the evacuation of over one million people in Shanghai and Zhejiang. Around 5 million people have been affected by the storm.

Trains traveling via Jinan (Shandong province) remain canceled as of Monday, August 12. The Qingdao tourist hub in Shandong has issued a red alert on Sunday, August 11, closing all its tourist sites. More than 3,200 flights have been canceled due to the typhoons. Further transportation and communication disruptions are likely in the coming hours and days. 


Individuals in areas forecast to be affected by the storm are advised to monitor local weather reports, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, anticipate consequent transportation and business disruptions, and remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult. Never drive through flooded streets. Floodwater may also contain wastewater and chemical products; all items having come into contact with floodwater should be sterilized or discarded.


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