TYPHOON HAITANG CAUSES FLOODING AND POWER OUTAGES IN TAIWAN

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Torrential rain from Typhoon Haitang brought flooding to southern Taiwan and caused power outages, one day after Typhoon Nesat hit the island, officials said Monday.

Water pumps were being used in low-lying areas in both Pingtung and Tainan counties on Monday to help provide relief, the Water Resources Bureau said.

Recorded rainfall exceeded 660 millimetres since Sunday afternoon in some parts of Pingtung county, in southern Taiwan.

Over 670,000 households were also without electricity at one point over the weekend, the Central Emergency Operation Centre said.

On Monday, about 12,500 were still left without power.

Although Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau has now lifted warnings for the storm, after it moved on to China’s south-eastern Fujian province, heavy rain is still expected in southern Taiwan on Monday.

Residents in mountainous areas should stay alert to landslides possibly being triggered, the bureau warned.

Parts of national highways in the south remained closed Monday, while services of one railway operator in the mountains were also suspended.

In Pingtung county, a person was reported missing near a national highway, and the search continues, the Central Emergency Operation Centre said.

Across the weekend, 131 people were injured after first Typhoon Nesat, then Haitang, hit the island nation.

Most people injured were blown off motor scooters or hit by falling objects, the centre said.

The damage caused by the two typhoons to the country’s agricultural sector has reached 176 million Taiwan dollars (5.83 million US dollars), according to the centre.

Meanwhile, China’s south-eastern Fujian province was hit by the two typhoons on Sunday and Monday.

More than 200,000 people have been evacuated, China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency said.

Weather forecasters in China said several provinces in southern China are expected to see heavy rain from Monday to Wednesday.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK