Chaos in trail of killer super typhoon Dujuan

September 30, 2015 6:51 pm

Super typhoon Dujuan has killed two people and left more than 300
injured in , authorities say after it swept across the island
before making landfall in eastern .
More than half a million
people were without electricity in Taiwan as the storm left a trail of
destruction in the north of the island.
It hit the Chinese
coastal city of Putian, state agency Xinhua said, but there were no
immediate reports of damage. It was packing winds of up to 119km/h.
Many
of those injured in Taiwan were hit by flying debris or involved in
traffic accidents, the Emergency Operation Centre said, putting the
death toll at two and the number of injured at 324. Six mountain
climbers were missing.
A total of 710,000 households were without electricity and 370,000 without water.
Severe winds uprooted trees and smashed windows while heavy rain triggered multiple landslides.

More than 12,000 people have been evacuated and almost 3000 are in temporary shelters, authorities said.
Taiwan’s aboriginal mountain communities are particularly at risk during typhoons, often affected by flooding and mudslides.
Just
outside the capital, Taipei, landslides blocked the roads into the hot
spring town of Wulai, which was severely damaged by flooding and
landslides in August when Typhoon Soudelor hit.
Dujuan was
categorised as a “super typhoon” by regional forecasters, taking
residents by surprise as it sped up before making landfall late on
Monday in the eastern county of Yilan.
It was downgraded to a “moderate typhoon” by Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau as it crossed the island.
“It’s expected the typhoon will continue to weaken and its radius to keep shrinking,” the weather bureau said.
Schools
and offices in Taiwan were shut. Several domestic and international
flights and trains were suspended as the storm approached.

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