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8 killed, 4 missing, 420 injured as Typhoon Soudelor hits Taiwan

2015/08/10 22:11:36

Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) The onslaught of Typhoon Soudelor Saturday has caused 8 deaths, 4 people missing and 420 injured across Taiwan, statistics released by the Central Emergency Operation Center Monday show.

This may not be the final count as search and rescue missions continued in various parts of the country, including Wulai District of New Taipei, where 100 have been reported missing since Saturday.

As of 3:00 p.m. Monday, power supply to 4.75 million households that have reported blackouts has been restored. A total of 4.85 million households have experienced blackouts, the highest number in Taiwan's history.

Ministry of Economic Affairs figures further show that during the typhoon period, water supply to 429,248 households were disrupted, of which 409,408 households have seen their water supply returned to normal.

The typhoon also damaged 12,717 base station sites for cellphone services across the country, with 3,321 of them remaining to be repaired, which is expected by midnight Monday.

Landlines to 64,992 homes have been damaged. By 5:00 p.m. Monday, services to all these homes have been restored.

All air, railroad and high way traffic, except railway service to the Alishan Forest Park, has returned to normal by Monday afternoon. Ferry services between Donggang and Siaoliouciou island in Pingtung County remained suspended.

Also on Monday, the Council of Agriculture elevated its estimates of agricultural losses from Typhoon Soudelor in Taiwan to NT$1.55 billion (US$49.08 million).

(By Yu Kai-hsiang and S.C. Chang)