Soude­lor crosses strait, leaves 7 con­firmed dead

Five still miss­ing, 402 in­jured, many with­out power, wa­ter

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY ENRU LIN

Typhoon Soude­lor left at least seven dead, five miss­ing and 402 in­jured as well as 190,000 Tai­wan house­holds still with­out power yesterday be­fore head­ing into Fu­jian Province in the weak­ened state of a se­vere trop­i­cal storm.

Af­ter mak­ing land­fall early Satur­day, the typhoon felled bill­boards, ripped up trees and knocked out power to a record num­ber of house­holds in Tai­wan.

As of press time, the Ex­ec­u­tive Yuan Cen­tral Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­ter ( ) had con­firmed seven dead and five miss­ing.

In New Taipei City, a man drowned in his wa­ter­logged home, while flooded streets swept out three peo­ple who have been re­ported miss­ing.

In Man­jhou Town­ship, Ping­tung County, a 48-year-old fire cap­tain was killed and his squad mem­ber se­verely in­jured as they were clear­ing a fallen tree from a road and were struck by a drunk driver.

Hun­dreds across Tai­wan suf­fered in­juries from bro­ken glass, signs and other fly­ing de­bris, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­ter.

On Fri­day, Typhoon Soude­lor stripped scaf­fold­ing and me­tal panel­ing from the Taipei Dome con­struc­tion pro­ject, caus­ing no re­ported in­juries but dam­ag­ing a ve­hi­cle be­low.

Po­lice blocked off the neigh­bor­ing Zhongx­iao East Road to car traf­fic un­til 5 p.m. yesterday.

Record-set­ting Black­out

The Tai­wan Power Com­pany ( Taipower, ) said black­outs hit over 4,340,000 house­holds over the week­end — nearly one out of ev­ery four in Tai­wan, ex­ceed­ing the all-time record set by Su­per Typhoon Herb in 1996.

As of 8 p.m. yesterday, the state- run util­ity had re­stored power to an es­ti­mated 4,140,000 house­holds, leav­ing 190,000 still with­out power, mainly in Changhua County, Taoyuan City, Greater Taichung and New Taipei.

Taipower also re­ported an es­ti­mated NT$560 mil­lion in dam­age to wind tur­bines.

Strong gusts caused par­tial dam­age to eight wind tur­bines at Taipower’s Shi­men Wind Power Sta­tion and Gaomei Wet­lands in Greater Taichung.

Run and Boil

As of yesterday, 131,000 house­holds were still with­out wa­ter due to power cuts at pump­ing sta­tions, ac­cord­ing to the Tai­wan Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion ( ).

The typhoon also swept sed­i­ment into the Feit­sui Reser­voir ( ), said Wang Guo-jian ( ), vice pres­i­dent of the Tai­wan Wa­ter Cor­po­ra­tion.

Wang said at least 53,000 house­holds in North­ern Tai­wan were draw­ing highly tur­bid wa­ter from the reser­voir, but that the prob­lem should be re­solved within two days.

The state- run util­ity urged con­sumers in the Greater Taipei area to let tap wa­ter run for three min­utes be­fore col­lect­ing and to boil the wa­ter be­fore drink­ing.

If tap wa­ter re­mains dis­col­ored for many days af­ter the typhoon de­parts, the cause could be a cracked wa­ter pipe that Tai­wan Wa­ter Com­pany will re­pair upon no­ti­fi­ca­tion, the com­pany said.

Storm Hits Farms, Schools

In a re­port re­leased 6 p.m. Sun­day, the Coun­cil of Agri­cul­ture re­ported that the typhoon caused at least NT$549.08 mil­lion in agri­cul­tural losses, twice the amount re­ported at 9 a.m. on the same day. Es­ti­mates are ex­pected to mount over the next few days.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Typhoon Soude­lor dam­aged over 10,877 hectares in har­vestable crop­land, hit­ting Hualien County the hard­est.

The crop hurt worst by the storm was bananas, which were dam­aged at an es­ti­mated rate of 25 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to the Coun­cil of Agri­cul­ture.

At schools, the typhoon caused over NT$ 120- mil­lion worth of dam­age, ac­cord­ing to a pre­lim­i­nary es­ti­mate from the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry.

About 800 schools had re­ported dam­age as of 1 p.m. Sun­day, in­clud­ing 110 in Greater Taichung, 98 in Greater Kaoh­si­ung and 82 in Changhua, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion re­ported.

For up­dates on dam­age from Typhoon Soude­lor, see the Cen­tral Emer­gency Op­er­a­tion Cen­ter’s web­site at http://www.emic.­dex.aspx?ID=18 .


(Top) The Marine Corps clears away trees up­rooted by Typhoon Soude­lor, yesterday. The Re­pub­lic of China Marine Corps sent troops to clear storm dam­age in Greater Kaoh­si­ung, New Taipei City and Ping­tung County. (Above) A view of Taipei Dome is shown, early yesterday. On Fri­day, Typhoon Soude­lor stripped scaf­fold­ing and me­tal panel­ing from the con­struc­tion pro­ject, caus­ing no re­ported in­juries but dam­ag­ing a ve­hi­cle be­low. Nor­mal traf­fic re­sumed early evening.


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