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Nine injured, thousands without power as storm continues (update)

Nine injured, thousands without power as storm continues (update)

Taipei, Sept. 21 (CNA) Nine people have been slightly injured and around 89,896 customers lost power as Typhoon Usagi lashed Taiwan, the Central Emergency Operation Center said Saturday. All nine of the injured were hit by falling branches while riding motorbikes in the outlying islands of Kinmen County. A total of 3,349 people were evacuated across the country, with 1,388 placed in 62 temporary shelters, the center said. Power had been partially restored to affected areas in Pingtung in the south and Hualien and Taitung in the east, but 37,500 households and businesses were still left in darkness as of 8 p.m. Nationwide, three roads are under repair after being damaged by Usagi, and mudslide alerts remain in place for 525 riverside areas. Red alerts were issued in 20 of those places, signifying a need for evacuation or relocation. Residents in 534 locations with yellow alerts have also been advised to evacuate as precautionary measures. As of 7 p.m., Usagi was centered about 140 kilometers southwest of Taiwan's southernmost tip of Eluanbi, moving in a west-northwesterly direction at a speed of 19 kilometers per hour. The weakening storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 173 kph, with gusts reaching 209 kph, the bureau said. Also of that time, Pingtung County's Laiyi Township had seen the most rainfall over 24 hours, at 484 millimeters, the bureau said. Southern Taiwan could see continued downpours as the typhoon passes through the Bashi Channel between Taiwan and the Philippines, forecasters said. (By Liu Chien-pang, Lin Shen-hsu, Yang Shu-min and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-10-24 09:03 GMT+08:00