Typhoon Lekima, strong quake leave 2 dead, 9 injured in Taiwan

Taipei, Typhoon Lekima, which sideswiped northern Taiwan from late Thursday through early Friday, together with a strong quake Thursday morning, left at least two people dead, nine injured and more than 3,000 homes without electricity overnight, according to the Central Emergency Operations Center (CEOC).

Based on a CEOC situation report released at 2 p.m. Friday, one of the casualties was a 64yearold man who fell to his death in Taipei from a tree Thursday while attempting to trim tree branches as a precautionary measure against the typhoon.

The other casualty was a woman in her 60s who was crushed by a fallen clothes rack, hangers and clothes at her house in New Taipei when a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck northeastern Taiwan.

According to an initial investigation, she could have been knocked unconscious after being hit by the metal rack and hangers and then suffocated by clothes weighing more than 100 kilograms that smothered her face.

In the case of the nine injuries, five happened in Taipei, and two each in Yilan and Hualien.

The CEOC report also stated that 3,451 households in New Taipei, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Taichung and Nantou County were still left without electricity due to Lekima as of 2 p.m. Friday, with repair work ongoing.

Lekima, the ninth Pacific typhoon this year, was located about 270 kilometers northnortheast of Taipei as of 7 p.m. Friday, according to data from the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

It was moving in a northwesterly direction toward China at a speed of 15 kph, packing maximum sustained winds of 173 kph and gusts of up to 209 kph, the CWB said.

If the typhoon's path and speed remain the same, the CWB could lift its land warning for Lekima at 8:30 p.m. Friday, said CWB's senior technical specialist Hsieh Mingchang

Meanwhile, rainfall was expected to increase from Friday evening through Saturday, concentrated in mountainous areas in southern Taiwan and leading to the possibility of landslides, the CEOC warned.

It added that the quality of water could be temporarily affected in Taipei, New Taipei and central Taiwan.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel