Typhoon Lekima, earthquake kill two

BLACKOUT: Taipower said that it had deployed 800 workers to restore electricity to 1,333 homes in Taoyuan and New Taipei City that had lost power due to the storm

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 10, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Typhoon Lekima, which sideswiped northern Taiwan from late Thursday through early yesterday, and a

Pedestrians struggle against strong winds and rain in Taipei yesterday morning as Typhoon Lekima affected northern Taiwan.
Photo: Liu Hsin-de, Taipei Times

strong earthquake on Thursday morning left two people dead, 11 injured and more than 3,000 homes without electricity overnight, the Central Emergency Operations Center said.

According to a situation report released by the center at 7pm yesterday, one of the casualties was a 64-year-old man who on Thursday fell to his death from a tree in Taipei while attempting to trim branches as a precautionary measure against the typhoon.

The other fatality was a woman in her 60s who was crushed by a fallen clothes rack, hangers and clothes at her house in New Taipei City when a magnitude 6 earthquake struck northeastern Taiwan, the report said.

An initial investigation found that she might have been knocked unconscious after being hit by the metal rack and hangers, and then suffocated under more than 100kg of clothes that smothered her face, it said.    [FULL  STORY]

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