Twin storms leave 131 injured, 1 missing


The China Post

TAIPEI – Tropical storms Nesat and Haitang left more than 131 people injured and one missing in Taiwan as of 11 a.m. Monday, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center.

Human injury from the storms was worst in Taipei, where there were 54 casualties, followed by Yilan County (52 injured), Taichung (11) and Taoyuan (10).

Some of the casualties were struck by flying debris or hurt in scooter accidents, while others slipped and fell.

One person has gone missing and a search is underway near National Freeway No. 3 in Pingtung County’s Nancho Township.

Flooding from the twin storms is concentrated in Tainan and Pingtung. The Water Resources Agency set up stormwater pump stations at 280 flooded sites and drainage is ongoing at 203.

A blackout hit 662,697 households over the weekend, according to the Taiwan Power Company, which has since restored power to all but 26,219 households.

A power plant tower in Hualien collapsed, taking out 1.3 million kilowatts of generation capacity.

The Executive Yuan called for energy conservation and said it would take the lead by switching off central air conditioning from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for two weeks.

Agricultural losses from storms have reached NT$171.8 million as of Monday.

Typhoon Nesat barreled through Taiwan on Saturday, followed by Tropical Storm Haitang.

Haitung left the island at 8:30 a.m. Monday for Fujian province. Its periphery is expected to bring heavy to extremely heavy raining in 15 cities and counties in the next 24-hour period.

Residents in mountainous areas should stay alert to landslides possibly being triggered, the bureau warned.

Parts of national highways in the south remained closed Monday, while services of one railway operator in the mountains were also suspended.