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4 dead, 268 injured as Typhoon Megi pounds Taiwan (update)

2016/09/27 21:17

Medics carry a patient to cross a blocked road in Taoyuan Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of the Taoyuan City Fire Department)

Taipei, Sept. 27 (CNA) Four persons have been killed and 268 others injured across Taiwan as Typhoon Megi battered the country with powerful winds and heavy rain, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center information valid as of 8:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Typhoon Megi, which made landfall in Hualien in eastern Taiwan at around 2 p.m. Tuesday, caused casualties mainly as a result of traffic accidents, drowning and people being hit by flying debris or falling from rooftop, the data showed.

The number of casualties nationwide could rise as the storm hovered over Taiwan, battering the country with torrential rain and winds of up to 198 kilometers per hour, the center indicated.

Meanwhile, more than 3.16 million homes across the country had lost power, the second highest on record. Taiwan Power Co. said 3,400 workers have been hard at work repairing supply for 1.56 million homes by late Tuesday.

(By Chu Che-wei, Kuo Chu-chen and Evelyn Kao) Enditem/pc/sc