Date
17 December 2017
A man is blown by the strong wind in Taiwan. Typhoons Nesat and Haitang caused widespread damage and injuries. Photo: Reuters
A man is blown by the strong wind in Taiwan. Typhoons Nesat and Haitang caused widespread damage and injuries. Photo: Reuters

Weekend typhoons devastate Taiwan

Two typhoons hit Taiwan during the weekend, causing extensive damage and leaving dozens of people injured.

Hundreds of thousands of families were without power supply, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Typhoon Nesat swept through Taiwan on Saturday, injuring more than 100 people and causing flooding and widespread power outages.

It was followed by Typhoon Haitang Sunday afternoon.

It was the first time in 50 years that Taiwan had issued two typhoon warnings simultaneously, according to the island’s Central Weather Bureau.

The typhoons caused widespread flooding and heavy agricultural losses. More than 600,000 families were left without electricity.

Eastern Taiwan’s Hualien county may experience a power crisis after an electric tower was knocked down.

Meanwhile, the navy said two of its frigates docked in Keelung Port were damaged by a passenger ferry during Nesat.

The typhoons also left many passengers stranded at Taoyuan International airport as dozens of flights were disrupted.

The typhoons headed toward China’s southeast Fujian province although with weaker winds.

Fuzhou International Airport cancelled at least 121 flights on Sunday. More than 30 others were delayed.

About 170,000 people in Fujian and Zhejiang provinces were evacuated to safety at the height of the typhoons.

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