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Typhoon leaves 1 dead, 44 injured and nearly one million households without power

Typhoon leaves 1 dead, 44 injured and nearly one million households without power

Typhoon leaves 1 dead, 44 injured and nearly one million households without power

Super typhoon Meranti which struck Taiwan Tuesday has left one person dead, 44 injured, and nearly one million households without power, the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Center (CDEOC) said Thursday.

As of 8 a.m. Thursday, over 990,000 households had reported power cuts. While electricity has been restored to more than 580,000 households, some 400,000 households are still cut off from power, according to the latest CDEOC report.

More than 720,000 households also suffered water outages, the CDEOC said.

The super typhoon has battered southern and southeastern Taiwan with damaging winds and torrential rainfall. Hengchun Township in Pingtung County was hardest hit by the storm with record-breaking winds of up to 52 meters per second, the strongest wind gust in 120 years.

While Meranti has just left Taiwan, another typhoon, Malakas, is growing stronger and heading towards the island, which is expected to be closest on Friday and Saturday, according to the latest forecast.

The Central Weather Bureau noted that it will continue to observe Malakas’s movement and its impact on the island.


Updated : 2021-04-22 02:45 GMT+08:00