Typhoon Soudelor batters Taiwan

At least 4 dead, Taipei MRT affected

Taiwan News
Date: 2015-08-08
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As Typhoon Soudelor battered its way through Central Taiwan

Typhoon Soudelor batters Taiwan.  Central News Agency

Typhoon Soudelor batters Taiwan. Central News Agency

Saturday, at least four people were reported dead, while over a million people lost power and transportation came to a standstill.

The storm made landfall on the east coast at 4:40 a.m. and left the island from Yunlin County moving into the Taiwan Straits around 11 a.m., the Central Weather Bureau said.

The four casualties included a mother and a child who had gone swimming near Suao in Yilan County before the typhoon arrived. Late Friday evening, a man in Suao was hit by a falling billboard, while early Saturday in Pingtung County, a fire fighter died after he was hit by a car as he was clearing debris from fallen trees.

Four persons were also reported missing and 64 were injured. There were reports of flooding, mudslides, fallen trees, billboards and scaffolding from all over the country.     [FULL  STORY]

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