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Schools, offices in Kaohsiung and 3 counties to remain closed Thursday

2016/09/14 22:58:48


Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) Kaohsiung City and Pingtung, Penghu and Kinmen counties announced Wednesday that their schools and offices will be closed the following day due to Typhoon Meranti.

Up to 825,000 households in Taiwan lost power Wednesday as the typhoon brushed past southern Taiwan with powerful winds and heavy rains. As of Wednesday night, some 410,000 homes were still without power and Taiwan Power Co. has dispatched more than 1,000 workers to restore the electricity supply.

In addition to the four municipalities that announced closures for Thursday, seven townships in Taitung County will also close schools and offices. The seven townships are Luye, Guanshan, Yanping, Jinfeng, Dawu, Taimali and Haiduan.

In Taitung, three people were injured when they fell from their motorcycles during the storm, while three hikers in the Jiaming Lake area were reported missing. In Kaohsiung, emergency workers were trying to rescue a man who was swept out to sea, the port authority said.

As of 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, Typhoon Meranti was located 80 km west of Penghu, moving at a speed of 17 km per hour in a north-northwesterly direction.

(By Chen Chao-fu, Tyson Lu, Huang Chiao-wen, Chen Wei-ting and S.C