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10 août 2019 | 14h38 UTC

China: Typhoon Lekima leaves 18 dead, forces evacuation of 1 million people as of August 10 /update 3

China Alerte de sécurité

Typhoon Lekima forces evacuation of over 1 million people in Shanghai and Zhejiang province, causes landslide which leaves 18 dead as of August 10; high winds, heavy rain, and consequent flooding, transportation and business disruptions, and power outages expected in affected areas

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/8/2019, 12h00 until 14/8/2019, 11h59 (Asia/Shanghai). COUNTRY/REGION Shanghai, Jiangsu province, Shandong province, Zhejiang province

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Event

Typhoon Lekima caused a landslide north of Wenzhou (Zhejiang province) on Saturday, August 10, leaving 18 people dead and 14 others missing as the storm moves northward across eastern China. As of Saturday evening (local time), the center of the storm was located near 30.8°N, 120.7°E, with the system packing maximum sustained winds of 111 kph (69 mph) and moving to the northwest at 24 kph (15 mph).

Lekima has forced the evacuation of over 1 million people in Shanghai and Zhejiang province, and millions have been left without power in Zhejiang province. Shanghai endured heavy rain and strong winds on Saturday, with most flights departing from and arriving at Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) canceled. Hundreds of trains traveling via Jinan (Shandong province) have been canceled until Monday, August 12.

The center of the storm is forecast to move to the west and north of Shanghai into Jiangsu province early on Sunday, August 11, with the system gradually weakening and moving across the Yellow Sea before again making landfall in Shandong province later on Sunday. High wind gusts, heavy rain, and consequent flooding, transportation and business disruptions, and power outages are to be expected in affected areas.  

Advice

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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