CHINA issued a “red alert” as the strongest storm in five years wreaked havoc in eastern Asia.
Twin typhoons Lekima and Krosa are so close to each other it was impossible to forecast exactly which path they’ll choose. Here’s what we know so far.
Where are Lekima and Krosa?
Lekima, the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane, hit China in the early hours of Saturday in Wenling, between Taiwan and China’s financial capital Shanghai.
At least 13 people were killed and more than a million were forced from their homes after Lekima hit the region.
Sixteen people were also missing after a landslide was triggered by the storm, state media reported.
More than 1,000 flights and train serves were cancelled as authorities tried to prepare for the storm.
Typhoon Krosa is spreading heavy rain across the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.
Forecasters say it is moving north-west and could strike Japan some time next week.
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What damage will the typhoons cause?
The storm is expected to weaken as it approaches Shanghai in the coming days.
Fu Songliang, head of a rescue team for Ningbo City’s fire service, said: “Now the disaster zones are mainly in the rural-urban integration zones.
“These are low-lying areas. When the flooding from mountainous areas converges and comes down, these areas are quite seriously affected.”
About 250,000 residents in Shanghai have been evacuated, with another 800,000 in the Zhejiang province also being taken from their homes.
An estimated 2.7 million homes in the region lost power as power lines toppled in the high winds, Chinese state media said.