13 dead, 16 missing in typhoon-triggered barrier lake burst in east China

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-10 17:10:21|Editor: huaxia
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Rescuers work in the typhoon-stricken Yongjia County, east China's Zhejiang Province, Aug. 10, 2019. (Xinhua)

HANGZHOU, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- Thirteen people are dead and 16 others are missing as of 2 p.m. on Saturday due to a barrier lake burst as Typhoon Lekima swept through Zhejiang Province in eastern China, the local publicity department said.

Typhoon-triggered heavy rainstorms hit Yongjia County and caused a landslide that blocked the rivers with a maximum 10-m water level, trapping 120 villagers.

More than 300 armed police, public security officers and other social rescuers were dispatched to the scene.

Rescue work is underway.