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PICS: China on highest alert as powerful Typhoon Lekima makes landfall

Published Aug 10, 2019

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Beijing  - Typhoon Lekima, bringing with it heavy rain, large

waves and strong winds, made landfall on China's south-eastern coast

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early Saturday.

The storm, which prompted China's weather bureau to issue a red alert

- its highest warning, was pounding the city of Wenling in Zhejiang

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province, the state-run China Daily newspaper reported.

More than 700 000 people were evacuated ahead of the arrival of the

storm, which is expected to bring heavy rain to the cities of

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Hangzhou and Shanghai.

In Shanghai many tourist attractions, museums and parks were closed,

state news agency Xinhua reported. Many high-speed rail services and

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over 100 flights were cancelled.

A woman sells umbrella at a subway entrance as Typhoon Lekima approaches in Shanghai. Picture: Erika Kinetz/AP

Visitors leave from the bund as Typhoon Lekima approaches in Shanghai. Picture: Erika Kinetz/AP

A worker removes an electric fan from a temporary dormitory that collapse as Typhoon Lekima sweeps through Wenling in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Picture: Chinatopix Via AP

Typhoon Lekima has already battered southern Japan and Taiwan, where

one person was killed on Friday.

dpa

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