Megi kills four in China af­ter Tai­wan de­struc­tion

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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. –

Photo: AFP

Work­ers cut an up­rooted tree fol­low­ing the af­ter­math of Ty­phoon Megi in Xin­dian dis­trict, New Taipei City, on Septem­ber 28.

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