Typhoon leaves 18 dead in China

Beijing, August 10 

At least 18 persons were killed and 14 others missing on Saturday after a typhoon-triggered barrier lake burst in China’s Zhejiang province. 

With a maximum wind force of 187 km/h, Lekima, the ninth typhoon to hit China this year, made landfall at about 1.45 am local time in Wenling city in Zhejiang, with Yongjia County the worst hit. 

The monster storm triggered heavy rainstorms in Yongjia County and caused a landslide that blocked the rivers, raising the water level to a maximum of 10 metre within 10 minutes and trapping 120 villages. Over 300 security officers were dispatched to the scene to help with the rescue work. — PTI