Typhoon Lekima death toll rises to 32, rescue operations continue

Typhoon in eastern China causes landslide, killing 13 people

The monster storm hit Wenling city early Saturday, packing winds of almost 190 kilometres per hour (120 miles per hour) and generating waves several metres high along the coast.

Typhoon Lekima triggered a landslip and floods after making landfall in Zhejiang, about 190 miles south of Shanghai, on Saturday.

The deadly storm made landfall Saturday morning in Wenling, which is between Taiwan and mainland China's financial capital Shanghai. Almost 200 trains through the city of Jinan in Shandong province had been suspended until Monday, Reuters reported citing Xinhua news agency.

The typhoon is expected to move up towards Shanghai on Sunday.

After the landslide, the river rose to a level of 10 meters (30 feet) within 10 minutes, trapping 120 people in Yongjia county, Xinhua said.

More than 1 million people in Shanghai and neighbouring Zhejiang province have been evacuated due to the storm, which has damaged more than 3,000 homes, China Central Television said.

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Weather experts quoted by Xinhua news agency said it was among the top three strongest typhoons to have ever hit Zhejiang. In Zhejiang's Taizhou city, 4,900 fishing boats returned to ports and scenic spots were shut, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

The National Meteorological Center of CMA, a branch of China's national weather service, has issued an orange alert in anticipation of the upcoming rainstorms in at least eight provinces as the typhoon sweeps northward.

The typhoon is predicted to hit Jiangsu province early on Sunday morning before veering over the Yellow Sea and continuing north, where it will then make landfall again at Shandong province, CCTV said.

On Sunday, Lekima was moving northwards and will churn up the east coast of Shandong province.

State TV said 3,023 flights in Shanghai, Hangzhou and other cities and some train services were cancelled.

In Shanghai, the high-speed maglev train that links the city to one of its airports was suspended.

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