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Typhoon Saola kills five, injures 16

2012/08/02 22:54:48

Taipei, Aug. 2 (CNA) Typhoon Saola has caused five deaths and 16 injuries around Taiwan, the Central Emergency Operation Center said Thursday.

Two people died in New Taipei City in northern Taiwan, one in Chiayi County in the south and two in the northeastern county of Yilan, the center said.

Eight of the 16 injuries occurred in New Taipei, the highest number of injuries recorded among affected counties or cities, the center said, adding that two people are still listed as missing.

Meanwhile, total agricultural losses around Taiwan were estimated at NT$218.5 million (US$7.29 million), as of 4 p.m., government data showed.

Agricultural produce suffered the most damage, totalling NT$109.5 million, with certain vegetables and seasonal fruits being the worst hit.

Water and soil conservation authorities have issued code-red landslide alerts for 779 flood-prone areas as of 8:00 p.m., mostly in Nantou County and Taichung City in central Taiwan, as well as Yilan and Miaoli counties and New Taipei in the north.

State-run Taiwan Water Corp. said water supplies to 8,440 households around Taiwan have been suspended, while 16,000 households are experiencing low water pressure.

Saola has weakened into a tropical storm, but continues to dump heavy rain on Taiwan, especially on northern and central parts of the island.

As of 8:30 p.m., Saola was centered 70 kilometers north of Taipei, moving at a speed of 17 km per hour in a northwesterly direction.

(By Liu Chien-pang, Yang Su-min, Lin Meng-ju and Scully Hsiao)