Megi kills four in China after Taiwan destruction
TYPHOON Megi smashed into the Chinese mainland 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 a critical condition.
Megi hit China with winds of around 120 kilometres an hour (75mph), dumping heavy rain, according to the official Xinhua news service.
Local media reports from the coastal province of Fujian 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 4300 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 2015.
One million households were still without power yesterday while nearly 300 flights were cancelled or delayed and trains were still halted. –
Workers cut an uprooted tree following the aftermath of Typhoon Megi in Xindian district, New Taipei City, on September 28.