Ty­phoon Megi hits Tai­wan

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TAIPEI: Ty­phoon Megi made land­fall in Tai­wan yes­ter­day, the third storm to hit the is­land in two weeks, caus­ing the evac­u­a­tion of thou­sands, clo­sure of schools and of­fices and the can­cel­la­tion of hun­dreds of flights.

More than 50 peo­ple were in­jured as vi­o­lent winds and tor­ren­tial rain lashed the is­land. A bus on a high­way was re­port­edly bowled over by strong winds, in­jur­ing three Ja­panese tourists.

Ahead of the storm, 3,700 tourists had been evac­u­ated over the week­end from Orchid Is­land and Green Is­land.

Bill­boards and scaf­fold­ing were torn down, and tele­vi­sion footage showed waves surg­ing past break­wa­ters in Yi­lan and Orchid Is­land.

Over 8,000 peo­ple have been evac­u­ated from their homes, with about 2,800 of them in shel­ters, and at least two mil­lion house­holds have lost power.

Four hun­dred in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic flights were can­celled and over 400 de­layed. Most trains and fer­ries were halted. – AFP

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