More than 12.8 million people have reportedly been affected by deadly and devastating Typhoon Lekima after the storm struck China over the weekend, the Ministry of Emergency Management said, local media reported.

Some 2 million people across the provinces of Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Shandong, Anhui, Fujian, Hebei, Liaoning and Jilin, as well as the city of Shanghai were evacuated, the ministry said on Tuesday, cited by the Xinhua News Agency.

The typhoon destroyed 13,000 houses and damaged another 119,000, it was reported.

The typhoon struck China in the early hours of Saturday morning, bringing strong winds, heavy rainfall and flooding to the country’s southeastern regions.

China’s meteorological service announced a red alert level over the typhoon.

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