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Double trouble: 1 missing and 131 injured after twin typhoons rip through Taiwan

Twin Typhoons Nesart and Haitang cause 131 injuries, flood 280 areas, and cut power to over 600,000 homes

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Predicted paths of Nesart and Haitung. (Central Weather Bureau map)

Predicted paths of Nesart and Haitung. (Central Weather Bureau map)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- The combination of Typhoon Nesart and Typhoon Haitang tearing through Taiwan within 24 hours of each other, has resulted in one person missing and 131 injuries thus far, with 54 of the reported injuries in Taipei and flooding in 280 areas, mainly in Tainan and Pingtung, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center (CEOC) as of 11 a.m. Monday morning.

According to the CEOC, of the 131 reported injuries resulting from the two typhoons, 54 were in Taipei, 52 in Yilan (where Nesart made landfall), 3 in New Taipei City, 10 in Taoyuan City, and 11 in Taichung, and one in 1 Hsinchu. Most of the injuries were caused by falls, falling objects, and riders falling from their scooters.

Double trouble: 1 missing and 131 injured after twin typhoons rip through Taiwan
Flooding in Pingtung caused by Typhoon Nesart on Saturday. (CNA image)

The missing person was last seen on Freeway 3 in Nazhou Township in Pingtung, where local fire and police departments are still searching for the person.

Double trouble: 1 missing and 131 injured after twin typhoons rip through Taiwan
Excavator in Miaoli rolls over while trying to repair damage from landslide caused by Typhoon Nesart on Sunday. (CNA image)

Of the 280 flooded areas, 203 are still being drained and the Water Resources agency has deployed a large number of pumping machines to assist in affected areas in Pingtung and Tainan as soon as possible.

Double trouble: 1 missing and 131 injured after twin typhoons rip through Taiwan
Road in Kenting destroyed by Typhoon Haitang on Sunday. (CNA image)

In addition, a total of 662,697 households lost power due to the two typhoons. However, power has been restored to the majority of these homes, with only 26,219 still without power. Taipower said it is doing its best to make repairs as rapidly as possible.

Double trouble: 1 missing and 131 injured after twin typhoons rip through Taiwan
Flooding in Pingtung caused by Typhoon Haitang Sunday night (CNA image)


Updated : 2021-02-27 06:24 GMT+08:00