Typhoon 'Lekima' leaves 49 dead in China

Forty nine people have died and 21 others were reported missing as Typhoon 'Lekima' wreaked havoc in Chinese provinces of Zhejiang, Shandong and Anhui, affecting millions of people.

The death toll in Zhejiang Province alone on Monday rose to 39 while nine others remained missing, the Zhejiang provincial flood control headquarters said.

The others were reported dead from Shandong and Anhui provinces.

The ninth and strongest typhoon of the year has affected 6.68 million residents in Zhejiang, among whom 1.26 million were evacuated.

It has damaged 234,000 hectares of crops, inflicting a direct loss of 24.22 billion yuan (approx. USD 3.4 billion), state-run 'Xinhua' news agency reported.

'Lekima' hit Wenling city in Zhejiang province on Saturday afternoon, packing winds of 187 kilometers per hour and bringing heavy rainstorms.