40 dead in Karnataka floods, 44 in China typhoon

By DG Staff

Havoc caused by Typhoon Lekima

BENGALURU, Karnataka, India 13 August 2019: Some 40 people have lost their lives while 14 are missing since August 1 due to floods in the state, a data released by Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, KSNDMC, said.

The state disaster monitoring centre has also said that 5, 81,702 people have been evacuated from the flood-hit areas, ANI and Wam reported.

“Since 1st August 2019, 40 people have lost their lives, 14 people missing, 5,81,702 people evacuated, 1168 number of relief camps operational and 17 districts and 2028 villages affected,” the KSNDMC informed.

Meanwhile, all schools and colleges — government and private — in affected flood-hit districts will remain closed till August 15.

Death toll from Typhoon Lekima rises to 44

BEIJING: The death toll from typhoon Lekima in eastern China rose to 44 people on Monday morning, according to official data, as the storm continued up the coast, racking up billions of dollars in economic losses and widely disrupting travel, Reuters has reported.

An additional 12 people were recorded dead from the storm, including seven from Zhejiang province and five from Shandong, with 16 people missing, according to data from provincial emergency bureaus and state media.

State broadcaster CCTV had put the death toll at 32 on Sunday.

Typhoon Lekima made landfall early on Saturday in China’s Zhejiang province, with winds gusting up to 187 kmh (116 mph). The centre of the storm has since travelled north through Shandong and off the coast.

Dam Collapse

Many of the earlier deaths occurred when a natural dam collapsed in Zhejiang after a deluge of 160 mm (6.2 inches) of rain within three hours.

The Shandong Emergency Management Bureau said more than 180,000 people were evacuated in the province, adding to an earlier evacuation of roughly one million people in Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces as well as the financial hub of Shanghai.

The latest update from Shandong brings the total estimated economic toll of the storm to 18 billion yuan ($2.55 billion) in China, including damage to 364,000 hectares of crops and more than 36,000 homes. Shandong alone estimated the total economic impact on agriculture was 939 million yuan.

ALSO READ:

181 die in India, Pakistan floods: Philippines quake

Dubai Gazette