Storm kills four, injures 527 across Taiwan

At least four people were killed and 527 injured by Typhoon Megi as it rampaged through Taiwan on Tuesday, according to the latest figures of the storm's toll released by Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Center Wednesday morning.

More than 3.8 million households suffered power outages, and nearly 300,000 households had their water supply cut off, and 1.29 million were still without power and 10,000 were still without water as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, the center's figures showed.

Although the Central Weather Bureau lifted its land warning for Taiwan proper on Wednesday morning as Typhoon Megi moved toward Fujian Province in China, the Directorate General of Highways said 10 provincial highways remained closed over safety concerns.

Train service, which was canceled for most of Tuesday, was scheduled to start up again Wednesday afternoon.

Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation, which operates the country's bullet train line, said that it will restart train services at 1 p.m. and fully resume its regular scheduled services at 2 p.m.

The Taiwan Railways Administration, which operates regular express and commuter trains, said service on its lines in western Taiwan and the South Link Line across southern Taiwan will resume at noon, and service on lines in eastern Taiwan will start at 1 p.m.

Only service on the Alishan Forest Railway and some of its branches will remain suspended.

In Taipei, some 5,500 trees along roads were uprooted by Typhoon Megi, and workers began cleaning the streets at 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The city expected traffic to be fully restored on 221 principle and secondary streets by Wednesday night, and it estimated that the cleanup effort would cost NT$150 million (US$4.78 million).

In Miaoli County, three workers with state-run utility Taiwan Power Company were injured after their engineering truck tumbled into a 10-meter-deep valley while working to restore power in a mountainous part of the county.

One of them is in critical condition, according to Miaoli General Hospital.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel