Megi leaves trail of damage as it hits Taiwan
TYPHOON Megi made landfall in Taiwan yesterday, the third storm to hit the island in two weeks, with thousands evacuated, schools and offices closed, and hundreds of flights disrupted.
More than 50 people were injured as the typhoon brought violent winds and torrential rain across the island throughout the morning before making landfall.
The Central News Agency said a bus was bowled over by winds on a highway in the centre of the island, injuring three Japanese tourists.
Billboards and scaffolding were torn down, and television footage showed waves surging past breakwaters in the northeastern county of Yilan and outlying Orchid Island.
Over 8000 people have been evacuated from their homes and around 2800 are in shelters, according to the Central Emergency Operation Centre. At least 2 million households have lost power.
Four hundred international and domestic flights were cancelled as of yesterday afternoon, and over 400 delayed. Most trains and ferries were halted.
In the capital Taipei, which was also lashed by downpours and winds, bus services and overground metro trains were suspended as some roads were flooded.
More than 35,000 soldiers are on standby to help with disaster relief.
Hualien and Taitung were first to be hit by the storm. Those areas are still recovering from damage brought by Super Typhoon Meranti earlier this month – the strongest storm for 21 years to hit Taiwan. Meranti left 29 dead in its trail.
Water churns in the Jhihtan dam in Xindian district, New Taipei City, as Typhoon Megi hit eastern Taiwan yesterday.