Megi leaves trail of dam­age as it hits Tai­wan

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

Photo: AFP

Wa­ter churns in the Jhi­h­tan dam in Xin­dian dis­trict, New Taipei City, as Ty­phoon Megi hit east­ern Tai­wan yes­ter­day.

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