One person has been killed and dozens injured across Taiwan as Typhoon Megi continued to batter the country with powerful winds and heavy rain, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center information valid as of Tuesday afternoon.
Typhoon Megi made landfall in Hualien in eastern Taiwan at around 2 p.m. Tuesday, and by 5 p.m. had caused one death and 75 injuries, mainly as a result of traffic accidents and people being hit by flying debris, the data showed.
The person who died was driving a truck that collided with a van on Provincial Highway No. 26 in Hengchun, Pingtung County.
Most of the other incidents occurred in Taichung in central Taiwan, where the injured included two women who were hit by scaffolding blown from a construction site, according to the emergency center.
In an area near Changhua County, a tour bus carrying 29 Japanese tourists overturned on National Highway No. 3, injuring eight people on board, including one being life-threatening, the information from the center showed.
The number of casualties nationwide continued to 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.
Throughout the country, 4,245 incidents involving falling trees, billboards and signboards have been reported, according to the emergency center.
It said 8,116 people have been evacuated from disaster-prone areas in 12 cities and counties around Taiwan, with 2,785 placed in emergency shelters.
As of 5:18 p.m., more than 2.73 million homes across the country had lost power and some 45,000 households were without water, the center said.
It said 270 domestic flights and 405 international flights scheduled for Tuesday have been canceled.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel