Typhoon kills three in Taiwan, batters mainland China coast


Taipei (dpa) – A typhoon caused at least three deaths in Taiwan, authorities said Tuesday, as gales and rainstorms moved on to batter mainland China’s eastern coast.

Strong winds and heavy rain brought by Typhoon Dujuan late Monday caused the death of a 70-year-old man in New Taipei City, a 54-year-old man in central Taichung City, and a 41-year-old woman in Taipei City, according to the Central Emergency Operation Centre.

More than 340 people were injured around the island due to the storm, which was packing maximum sustained winds of 144 kilometres per hour and gusts of 180 kph.

More than 2.24 million families lost electricity in Taiwan. About 181,300 families were left without tap water.

The storm reached mainland China in eastern Fujian province at around 8:50 am (0050 GMT) Tuesday, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

No injuries or deaths have been reported on the mainland so far.

The storm battered coastal Fujian with winds of up to 118 kph before moving north-westward at a weakening pace of 20 kph, the Fujian Meteorological Service said.

The typhoon also brought gales, torrential rain and high waves to neighboring Zhejiang province where some tourism sites have temporarily closed, Xinhua reported.

The storm coinciding with high tide caused “severe flooding” in Xiamen, the city’s maritime fishing service said.

Airports in the densely populated eastern cities of Xiamen, Quanzhou and Fuzhou canceled all flights on Tuesday, and more than 200 trains that run through Fujian province were not operating.

More than 320,000 people in eight cities have been evacuated and more than 25,000 ships had returned to harbour by Tuesday morning.

Dujuan was moving north-west at a weakening speed of 25 kph toward Jiangxi province Tuesday night.