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Over 1 million homes lose power, 38 injured as Megi slashes Taiwan

2016/09/27 15:27:29

Workers fix damaged power lines in Pingtung County. (Photo courtesy of Taiwan Power Co.)

Taipei, Sept. 27 (CNA) More than 1 million homes were without power as of early Tuesday afternoon as Typhoon Megi continued to batter most of Taiwan with strong gusts and heavy rain.

The number of homes that have lost power has continued to rise Tuesday as the storm hovered over Taiwan with recorded wind gusts of nearly 100 kilometers per hour.

Taiwan Power Company, the country's only electricity supplier, said power to more than 1.31 million homes were cut off at some point on Tuesday.

After emergency repairs, about 1.01 million homes were still facing power outages, with 270,000 of them in the central city of Taichung, after the storm made landfall.

About 110,000 homes in neighboring Changhua County and 93,000 homes in the central Taiwan county of Yunlin were without power.

Almost every city and county have reported power outages.

Chiayi County, Nantou County, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County -- in central and southern Taiwan -- Hualien and Yilan counties in eastern Taiwan and Miaoli County, Taoyuan City, Taipei City and New Taipei City in northern Taiwan have all reported more than 10,000 homes without power.

Central Emergency Operation Center statistics showed that there have been 38 injuries related to the storm reported from around Taiwan, mostly from central Taiwan, as of 3 p.m. More than 8,000 people have been evacuated from disaster-prone areas, it added.

As expected, the storm has wreaked havoc with the country's transportation network.

Planes are not leaving from or landing at the two major airports in northern Taiwan, Taoyuan International Airport and Taipei Songshan Airport, and the country's bullet train line and regular train services have been shut down, with a few exceptions of commuter trains.

In the capital Taipei, bus service was temporarily suspended Tuesday afternoon, as were non-underground sections of the Taipei subway system.

The typhoon made landfall on Hualien City in eastern Taiwan at about 2 p.m., according to the Central Weather Bureau, and it warned residents in northern and eastern Taiwan to be prepared for heavy rain and gusty winds.

(By Tsai Yi-chu, Chu Che-wei, Wang Shu-fen and Elaine Hou)
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Update:
Over 2 m. homes lose power, 52 injured as Megi slashes Taiwan (update)