Typhoon Megi leaves 4 dead, 527 injured, 1m households without power

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The photo shows a flood discharge from Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan after Typhoon Megi.

Typhoon Megi leaves 4 dead, 527 injured

The photo shows a flood discharge from Shihmen Reservoir in Taoyuan after Typhoon Megi.

Typhoon Megi left four people dead and 527 injured in Taiwan, according to preliminary figures released by emergency centers, while the Central Weather Bureau lifted sea and land warnings for the main island of Taiwan early Wednesday morning. The outlying islands of Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu are still under the influence of the storm.

According to Taipower’s latest statistics, as of 10 am Wednesday, more than 1 million households are still suffering from power outages. An estimated 3.19 million households have lost electricity, the second-highest figure for a typhoon recorded in Taiwan.

In Taipei, the water supply has returned to normal since early Wednesday, with only a few left without water, according to the Taipei Water Department.

A total of four people died from typhoon-related accidents, according local media reports, including a male delivery van driver, who died in a head-on collision with an SUV in Pingtung County; a 65-year-old Chiayi citizen, who was hit by a falling scaffolding pole; a 17-year-old man, who died on duty after his patrol boat flipped over in a reservoir in Chiayi; and a 48-year-old man, who fell from a second floor rooftop after a failed attempt to fix a roof leak during the typhoon.

The Soil and Water Conservation Bureau (SWCB) of the Council of Agriculture has also issued a red alert for mudslides for 254 streams and rivers in Nantou, Yilan, Pingtung, Yunlin and Chiayi counties and the cities of Hualien, Tainan, Kaohsiung and New Taipei.

The eye of the storm has moved west-northwest toward Fujian Province, China, by 10 a.m. Wednesday, with its structure having weakened over the past three hours. However, outlying islands including Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu are still under the influence of the storm.