32 people dead, 6m more affected after Typhoon Lekima strikes

Xinhua/chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-08-10 21:54
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A man walks his bike through a waterlogged street in Wenling, East China's Zhejiang province, Aug 10, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Because of Lekima, Zhejiang also shut down 204 ferries, canceled 288 flights, suspended sections of its railway lines and closed 658 scenic spots. Damaged fiber optic cables caused network failure affecting nearly 9.97 million cellphone users.

As of 3 pm Saturday, the super typhoon left 4.02 million people impacted in Zhejiang, and 867,000 more people were relocated. And 103,000 hectares of crops damaged and over 14,000 houses destroyed.

The typhoon has caused direct economic loss totaling 7.44 billion yuan ($108 billion), said the sources.

Local authorities in Zhejiang have sent over 15,000 technical workers and organized rescue teams of nearly 1,000 members, with 150 fire engines and 153 boats on call.

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