BEIJING: The death toll due to Typhoon Lekima in China has risen to 49, while 21 others are reported missing. Officials gave this information on Tuesday. Local news agency quoting the provincial flood control headquarters said that the powerful storm has severely affected 66.8 million people in Zhejiang, of which 12.6 million have been evacuated.
It has also damaged 234,000 hectares of crops and directly caused economic losses of 24.22 billion yuan (3 billion Dollars). Lekima was knocked out in Wenling of Zhejiang on August 10. It collided the next day off the Qingdao coast of Shandong Province. The provincial emergency management department said in a briefing that it has affected the lives of 16.6 million people in Shandong and 183,800 people were forced to move to safer places by Monday morning.
Severe rain and strong gales have destroyed 175,400 hectares of crops and destroyed 609 houses, directly causing economic losses of 1.48 billion yuan (21.1 million Dollars). In neighboring Anhui Province, the storm has affected more than 130,000 residents and forced 20,000 people to evacuate their homes to seek shelter in safer places.