Megi kills one in China af­ter Tai­wan dev­as­ta­tion

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

BEI­JING: Typhoon Megi smashed into the Chi­nese main­land early yes­ter­day, killing one per­son, af­ter leav­ing a trail of de­struc­tion and four peo­ple dead in Tai­wan.

More than 500 peo­ple were hurt when the storm raked across the is­land, in­clud­ing eight Ja­panese tourists whose bus was blown over. One re­mains in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Megi hit China with winds of around 120kph, dump­ing heavy rain, ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cial Xin­hua news ser­vice.

Me­dia re­ports from Fu­jian prov­ince said one man died af­ter a flash flood tore through his home.

Schools were shut­tered across the prov­ince and train ser­vices can­celled, Xin­hua re­ported.

The main dam­age from the storm was in Tai­wan, where schools and of­fices were shut for a sec­ond day af­ter Megi left roads blocked by land­slides and homes flooded.

The four deaths on the is­land in­cluded a man killed by fall­ing scaf­fold­ing and a 17-year-old boy who drowned when his boat over­turned.

Around 4,300 peo­ple re­mained in tem­po­rary shel­ters, with more than 14,800 evac­u­ated from their homes, ac­cord­ing to Tai­wan’s Cen­tral Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­tre.

At its peak, Megi knocked out power for close to 3.8 mil­lion house­holds, the sec­ond worst on record af­ter the out­age caused by Typhoon Soude­lor in Au­gust last year.

A mil­lion house­holds were still without power yes­ter­day.

“Fallen trees and sign­boards brought down many power lines and elec­tri­cal poles, lead­ing to se­vere power out­ages across the is­land,” Tai­wan Power Com­pany said.

Au­thor­i­ties were rush­ing to clear blocked roads yes­ter­day, in­clud­ing those lead­ing to moun­tain­ous vil­lages in the pop­u­lar hot springs town of Wu­lai.

One of the ar­eas worst hit by Soude­lor, Wu­lai had evac­u­ated 200 res­i­dents ahead of the storm.

“The river swelled and flooded the old street, dam­ag­ing base­ments of some homes,” said Shen Hui-kang, a spokesman at Wu­lai’s dis­trict of­fice.

Moun­tain­ous ar­eas across Tai­wan have been lashed by tor­ren­tial rain, with some parts of north­east Yi­lan county get­ting 1.3m since Mon­day. – AFP

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