One fatality recorded as result of Typhoon Lekima

08/09/2019 02:30 PM

Taipei, Aug. 9 (CNA) The Central Emergency Operation Center (CEOC) has recorded one death and three injuries since Typhoon Lekima started approaching Taiwan Thursday, with all the casualties in the capital city of Taipei.

A man surnamed Yang (楊) in his 60s fell from a tree he was trimming as a precaution against the approaching typhoon Thursday. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, but declared dead after doctors failed to revive him, according to the center.

One of the three injured was a motorcyclist who fell from his bike, while the other two sought medical care on their own, the center added, providing no further information.

The fatality was the second in 24 hours following the death of a woman in New Taipei, also in her 60s, who was crushed by a clothes rack full of clothes that fell on her bed while she was asleep Thursday morning, when northeast Taiwan was rocked by a magnitude 6.0 earthquake.

The woman was taken to hospital but later declared dead, according to information from the CEOC.

As of 1 p.m. Friday, Lekima was located at sea about 230 kilometers north northeast of Taipei, moving at a speed of 13 kilometers per hour in a northwesterly direction toward China, according to data from the Central Weather Bureau.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 173kph, with gusts of up to 209kph, the bureau said.

Lekima, the ninth Pacific typhoon this year, has since weakened with a reduced storm periphery, which nevertheless continues to roil northern and northeastern Taiwan, the weather bureau added.

Residents in Taoyuan, New Taipei, Keelung, Yilan and Matsu have been warned to remain vigilant about the strong winds and heavy rain.

CEOC data showed that 1,644 people were evacuated to safe places and government-run shelters in New Taipei as Lekima approached, 497 in Taoyuan, 329 in Hsinchu County, and 61 in Yilan County.

As of 6:30 a.m. Friday, landslide warnings have been issued for 263 rivers around the island, the CEOC said, cautioning people in low-lying areas of Yilan, Keelung, Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan to be alert to flooding.

The center also designated provincial highways No. 2, No. 7, No.7a, No. 7b, No. 9, No.9a, and No.9d as hazardous roads for the duration of the typhoon, advising motorists to avoid them or pay close attention to road information.

Meanwhile, state-run Taiwan Power Co. said that as of 11 a.m. Friday, 61,831 households around Taiwan had been hit by power outages due to Lekima, but that electricity supply has been restored to 52,690.

Keelung, Taipei, New Taipei and Taoyuan were the main areas affected by the blackout, the company said.

(By Liu Chien-pan, Liao Yu-yang and Elizabeth Hsu)


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