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69 injured in Taitung as Typhoon Nepartak batters Taiwan

2016/07/08 13:54:49

Taipei, July 8 (CNA) A total of 69 people were reported injured in Taitung in southeastern Taiwan Friday, as Typhoon Nepartak made landfall there in the early hours of the day, pummeling much of Taiwan with strong gusty wind and heavy rain.

The Taitung branch of Mackay Memorial Hospital and the Taitung Christian Hospital activated emergency measures to take care of the wounded, most of whom sustained injuries to the head and limbs.

Most of them were cut by fallen glass or fell on the streets, hospital officials said.


[Taitung]

Meanwhile, the strong winds blew off the roof of a container house in the county's mountainous Taimali Township, injuring the four people in the family living there. One woman in the family, reported to be in critical condition, was rushed to the hospital.

As of Friday morning, the Taitung County Fire Department had received more than 300 reports of fallen signboards and trees. It urged residents in the county to stay in their homes until the typhoon subsides.


[Taitung]

According to government statistics, there were two deaths reported as Nepartak moved closer to Taiwan Thursday. One of them was a soldier based in the offshore county of Lienchiang, which consists mainly of the Matsu islands.

The solider was fishing on the coast of Dongyin Islet and was reported to have been washed out to sea by the strong winds. The soldier's body was recovered Friday morning, local authorities said.


[Dongyin Islet]

Around Thursday noon, a man was reported to have drowned near Chihsingtan Beach, a top tourist attraction in the eastern county of Hualien. He was airlifted to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

In addition to the 69 Taitung casualties, a further three were also reported, one in the eastern county of Yilan, and two in the southern city of Tainan, according to government tallies.

Nepartak could linger around Taiwan for up to eight hours as it slowly makes its way toward southern China, the Central Weather Bureau said, warning the public to prepare for heavy rain.

(By Tyson Lu and Elaine Hou)
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