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JUST IN: 28 dead, 20 missing after Typhoon Lekima hits China

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At least 28 people were killed and 20 others are missing after Typhoon Lekima hit south-eastern China, state news agency Xinhua reported Sunday.

Most of the deaths occurred on Saturday in Yongia county in Zhejiang province, where torrential downpours triggered a landslide that blocked rivers, creating an artificial reservoir.

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When it burst, masses of water flooded the village of Yantan.

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The typhoon, which brought with it heavy rain, large waves and strong winds, prompted China’s weather bureau to originally issue a red alert – its highest warning – before later downgrading it to orange.

Some 1 million people in its path were forced to evacuate.

The weakened storm was moving northwards along the coast of Shandong province on Sunday. (dpa/NAN)

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