Beijing, Sep 10 - About 500,000 people have been affected as a result of the strong winds and rains that hit China's northeastern coast with the passage of Typhoon Lingling, the 13th of the current season, official sources reported on Tuesday.
According to the Chinese Ministry of Emergency Management, the figure could increase as investigations in the worst affected locations conclude.
The storm forced 2,800 people in Jilin, Heilongjiang and Zhejiang provinces to relocate to other housing, following the destruction of their homes, the ministry informed.
Almost 1,000 houses also suffered damages, and 215,800 hectares of crops were destroyed, causing direct economic losses of 900 million yuan (about US$131 million).
The China Meteorological Administration informed that Lingling hit the country's eastern region with heavy rainfall throughout the weekend.
Four typhoons have made landfall in China this season, causing substantial material damages and loss of life. (PL)