Typhoon Megi hits Taiwan
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