Typhoon lashes Taiwan, killing 2, injuring more than hundreds

Two people were killed, while over 300 were injured by a powerful typhoon Dujuan which swept Taiwan, the BBC news portal reported Tuesday.


Those injured were hit by flying debris or were involved in traffic accidents across the island, officials with Taiwan’s Emergency Operation Center told AFP on Tuesday.

Dujuan battered Taiwan leaving 24 injured as torrential rain and fierce winds hit Monday evening.

Severe winds have uprooted trees, smashed windows and triggered landslides.

Schools and offices in Taiwan remain shut on Tuesday and the stock market is also closed.

The storm hit the coastal city of Putian at around 8:50 am, packing winds of up to 33 meters per second, the Fujian Meteorological Service said. No deaths or injuries have been reported.

The island’s high-speed rail lines and regular train networks resumed service on Tuesday afternoon.

Over 175,000 homes are still without electricity as the storm left a trail of destruction in the north of the island.

As Typhoon Dujuan bears down on Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau said there are several important safety measures that people new to typhoons need to know in order to keep their loved ones safe and save time and trouble during a storm.

Typhoon Dujuan continues to move northwest ward inland to Jiangxi province, where it’s expected to weaken into a tropical depression.

Of particular interest are Taiwan’s aboriginal mountain communities, who are at greater risk of flooding and landslides during typhoons. The natural disaster also caused a 20-story crane to collapse in the city of Hsinchu, although no one was hurt. There are reports of damage being inflicted to the landmark Taipei 101.

A concert by USA rock band Bon Jovi due to take place in Taipei Monday was cancelled, while 169 worldwide and 59 domestic flights were also pulled.

In August, the Soudelor typhoon left at least eight dead in Taiwan and 21 in China.


Fishing boats in Wenling City, east China’s Zhejiang Province, return to the port after the alarm of super typhoon was issued by the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters on Sunday, September 27, 2015.

Typhoon Dujuan has struck the coast of South Eastern China a day after killing at least two in Taiwan