Typhoon Haikui: Dozens injured after storm sweeps Taiwan

Huge surf pounds Yilan on Taiwan's east coast as Typhoon Haikui lashed the island
Image caption,Huge surf pounded Yilan on Taiwan’s east coast as Typhoon Haikui lashed the island

By Frances Mao and Rupert Wingfield-Hayes

in Singapore and Taipei

More than 40 people were injured in Taiwan after Typhoon Haikui ripped across the island, uprooting trees and forcing thousands to evacuate.

The storm – which made landfall on Sunday on the east coast – was the first to directly hit the island in four years.

Amid torrential rain and high winds, two people in a mountainous region were hurt after a falling tree hit a car.

Dozens others were injured – mainly by falling debris, said officials.

The storm packed winds of up to 200km/h (124 mph) but have been no reports of deaths or any major structural damage.

On Monday, clean-up crews were working on restoring services after 160,000 homes lost power the previous day.

Although this is typhoon season in the Western Pacific – with 11 so far – Haikui is the first major storm to directly hit Taiwan in four years.

A collapsed canopy over arow of parked motorbikes in Hualien city on 3/9
Image caption,Winds knocked down a car park canopy in Hualien city as the typhoon made landfall
A woman walks with an umbrella during heavy rain near Su-ao port in Yilan as Typhoon Haikui makes landfall in eastern Taiwan on September 3, 2023.
Image caption,Locals in Yilan struggled against the heavy downpour

Businesses, schools and other places remained closed on the island, while domestic flights and ferry services to surrounding islands were cancelled.

Taiwan’s southern and eastern regions were the worst-hit, while the capital Taipei on the island’s northern tip received rains.

Ahead of the storm’s landfall, more than 7,000 people were evacuated from areas where authorities feared the storm could trigger landslides and other collapses.

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Image caption,Fishing boats were called into harbour ahead of the storm’s approach

Haikui has now weakened to a tropical storm and moved out into the Taiwan Strait, heading to China’s southern coast where it is due to hit on Monday night local time.

It comes just two days after Typhoon Saola, http://yangterbaik.com/ which bypassed Taiwan but sparked Hong Kong and southern China’s highest storm threat in its approach.┬áThe storm arrived on Saturday, lashing Hong Kong┬ábut damage was less than expected.

Chinese authorities on Monday extended warnings from Saola into Haikui as the new typhoon approached, calling on boats to come into harbour with strong winds and big surf.

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