Typhoon Lekima ravages southeast China

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Beijing: Typhoon Lekima has made landfall in southeast China with the National Meteorological Center here on Saturday issuing an orange alert.

It has brought torrential rain and heavy winds in east China’s Zhejiang Province knocking out power and trees and forced more than one million people out from their homes.

This is the ninth typhoon of the year that made landfall with a maximum wind force of 187 kilometers per hour. The typhoon is expected to move further north at a speed of about 15 km/h and gradually weaken, the weather office said.

People in affected areas were asked to avoid outdoor activities while the local authorities were urged to take precautions against possible flash floods.

The Zhejiang province has also shut down hundreds of ferries, cancelled 288 flights and suspended sections of its railway lines.

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