Buildings collapse, wash away in flood waters as typhoon rages through China

The death toll from a typhoon in eastern China has risen to 45, with an estimated 16 people missing.

The official Xinhua News Agency said that five people have died and seven remain missing in Shandong province after Typhoon Lekima travelled up the eastern seaboard.

The typhoon forced the evacuation of more than 180,000 people in Shandong and inflicted losses of 1.48 billion yuan (NZ$327 million).

Another 39 died and nine are unaccounted for in Zhejiang province, and one died in neighbouring Anhui.

Heavy downpours and floods were still battering Shandong on Monday. Rescue efforts were underway.

The commercial hub of Shanghai also experienced heavy wind and rain, while Beijing to the north saw clear skies on Monday after rain over the weekend. Floods have also struck northeastern Manchuria.

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Typhoon Lekima struck China's coast south of Shanghai. Source: Associated Press

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Typhoon Lekima has killed dozens of people, with over a million evacuated from Zhejiang province. Source: BBC