Tai­wan evac­u­ates tourists ahead of ty­phoon

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TAI­WAN evac­u­ated thou­sands of tourists from out­ly­ing is­lands yes­ter­day and set up nearly 100 shel­ters across the is­land as it braced for its third ty­phoon in two weeks.

The east coast is still reel­ing from dam­age caused by Su­per Ty­phoon Mer­anti – the strong­est storm for 21 years to hit Tai­wan – fol­lowed by Ty­phoon Malakas.

The same part of the is­land is in the fir­ing line again from ap­proach­ing Ty­phoon Megi, which is al­ready bring­ing strong winds and waves.

It is due to make land­fall on the east coast to­day and fore­cast to bring al­most 1 me­tre (3.3 feet) of rain to some ar­eas over three days.

Fer­ries to Tai­wan’s Green Is­land and Orchid Is­land were halted yes­ter­day af­ter more than 3700 vis­i­tors were evac­u­ated over the week­end.

A 700-tonne crane was blown over yes­ter­day at a har­bour in the east­ern area of Hualien. It crushed a nearby build­ing but no one was in­jured.

More than 35,000 sol­diers are on standby to help with dis­as­ter re­lief and 92 shel­ters are open for res­i­dents of af­fected ar­eas.

“The storm eye will be clos­est around noon to­mor­row, af­fect­ing Tai­wan the whole day,” Lin Chih-hui, a fore­caster at Tai­wan’s Cen­tral Weather Bu­reau, told AFP.

“There is still a chance it might strengthen,” she said. “That would be bad news for lo­cal res­i­dents.” –

Photo: EPA

A handout pic­ture made avail­able by NASA yes­ter­day shows a vis­i­ble-light im­age ac­quired by NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satel­lite of Ty­phoon Megi in the western Pa­cific Ocean.

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