Date
15 December 2017
A woman in New Taipei city battles with her umbrella the strong wind and rain brought by Typhoon Dujuan. Photo: AFP
A woman in New Taipei city battles with her umbrella the strong wind and rain brought by Typhoon Dujuan. Photo: AFP

Typhoon batters Taiwan, financial markets closed

A strong typhoon made landfall on Taiwan on Monday after torrential rain and high winds disrupted trains and flights for travelers heading home from a long holiday weekend, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Hundreds of thousands of households were without water, and over a million experienced power outages, the Taiwanese government said late Monday.

It said 24 people had been injured by Typhoon Dujuan so far, but no one was missing or killed.

Taiwan’s financial markets, including stocks, bonds and foreign exchange, will be shut Tuesday, financial authorities announced late Monday.

Flood alerts were still in effect Tuesday morning, prompting most cities across the island, including Taipei, to announce a typhoon holiday for Tuesday.

Maximum wind speed near the center of the typhoon and gusts were clocked above 200 to 219 km/h, while the highest sea waves were estimated at over 6 meters, Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau said.

The Tropical Storm Risk website downgraded Dujuan to a Category 3 typhoon, from an earlier Category 4 status, and estimated it would lose strength Tuesday.

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