TAIPEI Su­per ty­phoon Mer­anti hits Tai­wan

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PARTS of Tai­wan were brought to a stand­still yes­ter­day as su­per ty­phoon Mer­anti skirted past the is­land’s south­ern tip, bring­ing the strong­est winds in 21 years and dis­rupt­ing traf­fic.

Although ty­phoon Mer­anti did not make land­fall, the storm brought vi­o­lent winds and tor­ren­tial rain to the re­gion pack­ing gusts of up to 234 kilo­me­tres per hour (145mph).

Hengchun’s ob­ser­va­tion sta­tion recorded the strong­est winds in its 120-year history ear­lier yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to Tai­wan’s Cen­tral Weather Bureau.

“Mer­anti will have its most sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on Tai­wan to­day,” said fore­caster Hsieh Pei-yun.

“It is the strong­est ty­phoon to hit Tai­wan in 21 years in terms of max­i­mum sus­tained wind near the cen­tre,” she added.

Res­i­dents in a fish­ing port in south­ern Taitung county woke up to find that a small light­house had dis­ap­peared and be­lieved that pow­er­ful winds blew it off into the sea, as waves al­most 10 me­tres (33 feet) high lashed the shore in the area.

There were no re­ports of fa­tal­i­ties or se­ri­ous in­juries, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­tre. School and work were can­celled for most east­ern and south­ern coun­ties.

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the coali­tion of Malaysian NGOs and ac­tivist groups known as Ber­sih – “clean” other ac­tivists fol­low­ing a press con­fer­ence in Kuala Lumpur yes­ter­day.

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