Typhoon in China

This item appears on page 18 of the October 2019 issue.

Typhoon Lekima made landfall on Aug. 10 near the city of Wenling in Zhejiang Province, eastern China, before moving north toward Shanghai and Shandong Province. At least 44 people were killed, mostly in the city of Wenzhou, where a natural dam collapsed, causing major flooding and landslides in the city.

More than one million people along the typhoon’s path were evacuated ahead of the storm, over a quarter of those in Shanghai, alone. It is estimated that more than 5 million people were affected by the storm, with their homes damaged or destroyed by winds or flooding.