Typhoon Matmo leaves nine injured, causes extensive power outages

07/23/2014 01:25 PM
Taipei, Wednesday morning.
Taipei, Wednesday morning.

Taipei, July 23 (CNA) Nine people were injured and around 88,000 households remained without power after Typhoon Matmo battered Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rains, the Central Emergency Operation Center said Wednesday morning.

The injured included five people in the capital Taipei, two in Tainan, one in Chiayi County and one in Taitung County, the center said.

A taxi driver and his passenger were the most seriously injured after their car was hit by a falling tree in Taipei, while the other injured suffered flesh wounds from flying tree branches, it said.

The typhoon caused power outages affecting some 168,000 households in eight cities and counties across the country. Power had been restored to about 80,000 of those households as of Wednesday at noon.

The only report of a disruption in water supply came from remote Orchid Island off Taiwan's southeastern coast, where about 200 households were without potable water.

The storm also caused widespread cancellations and delays in air travel. As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, 185 domestic flights and 69 international flights had been canceled and 46 international flights had been delayed, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration.

No cancellations or suspensions of service were reported by either Taiwan's high-speed rail line or the Taiwan Railways Administration, which operates regular train services.

Before Typhoon Matmo arrived in Taiwan, some 5,300 people in mostly mountainous parts of 15 cities and counties around the country were evacuated a safety precaution, with about 2,600 people being accommodated in 99 shelters, the center said.

It did not say where the remaining 2,700 evacuees were being sheltered.

At 11 a.m., the storm was centered about 180 kilometers south of the outlying island of Matsu, moving in a north-northwesterly direction toward China's eastern coast at a speed of 20 km per hour.

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 119 kph, with gusts reaching 155 kph, the bureau said.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)ENDITEM/ls

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