Recovery efforts continued on Sunday, August 11, in Zhejiang province following the passage of Typhoon Lekima on Saturday, August 10. As of Sunday morning (local time), officials have confirmed at least 28 fatalities and another 20 people remain missing. One of the worst hit areas is Yongjia county, where torrential rain caused a barrier lake to burst, flooding homes and causing landslides. Around 5 million people have been affected by the storm, which forced over a million people in Shanghai and Zhejiang to be evacuated. Emergency personnel are still working to remove debris from roads and restore power and water supplies to the area. Hundreds of trains traveling via Jinan (Shandong province) have been canceled until Monday, August 12. Transportation and communication disruptions are likely in the coming hours and days.
As of 15:00 (local time) on Sunday, Lekima is located approximately 130 km (80 mi) southwest of Qingdao, Shandong province (map here). Lekima has been downgraded to a tropical storm is forecast to continue moving north at 22 kph (14 mph) and slightly intensify. High wind gusts, heavy rain, and consequent flooding, transportation and business disruptions, and power outages are possible in the affected areas.
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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