21 January 2019
A taxi runs past trees uprooted by strong winds caused by Typhoon Nesat in Taipei on Sunday. Photo: Reuters
A taxi runs past trees uprooted by strong winds caused by Typhoon Nesat in Taipei on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Taiwan still struggling in aftermath of two typhoons

Taiwan is still struggling to recover from two typhoons that hit the island one after another over the weekend.

Typhoon Nesat, which ripped through Taiwan on Saturday, and Typhoon Haitang which followed the next day, injured more than 100 people and caused flooding and widespread power outages.

Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said a total of 92 domestic flights and five international flights were canceled as a result of the weather disturbances, while 16 sea routes to outlying islands were also suspended, Apple Daily Taiwan reported.

More than 670,000 families were left without electricity, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center.

On Monday, the southwesterly flow caused by the typhoons brought heavy rainfall to the southern part of the island, including Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung, although both storms had entered the mainland soon after they struck the island.

Pingtung recorded accumulated rainfall of as much as 663.5 millimeters as of 8 a.m. Monday, with many towns still under water.

Downtown areas in Tainan and Kaohsiung also saw floods of up to 50 centimeters in depth.

Meanwhile, the government has warned of a power supply crisis on the whole island in the coming two weeks after a power transmission tower in eastern Hualien county was knocked down by Typhoon Nesat.

China’s southeastern Fujian province was also severely hit by the typhoons, with about 120,000 people in seven cities affected, 400 some homes damaged, and a direct economic loss of more than 12 million yuan (US$1.79 million).

The government required certain types of businesses to set air-conditioning at no less than 26 degrees Celsius, while air-conditioning in all government buildings is to be turned off between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. daily for the next two weeks, Taiwan’s China Times reported.

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