Typhoon Haikui Leaves 44 Injured And Thousands Without Power In Taiwan
Taipei, Taiwan - Typhoon Haikui leaves 44 injured and thousands without power in Taiwan as it struck the island with ferocious force, causing widespread damage, and plunging tens of thousands of homes into darkness as power outages swept across the island.
This powerful storm marked the first direct hit by a typhoon in Taiwan in four years, prompting authorities to take extensive measures to ensure public safety.
The tempestuous Typhoon Haikui made landfall along the southeastern coastal township of Donghe at approximately 3:40 p.m. local time, according to Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau.
With winds reaching speeds of up to 155 kilometers per hour (96 miles per hour), the capital city of Taipei bore the brunt of the storm with heavy rainfall.
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In response to the approaching typhoon, at least 7,113 individuals across 11 cities and counties were evacuated, as reported by Taiwan's Interior Ministry.
Meanwhile, state electricity provider Taipower disclosed that a staggering 48,506 households were left without power as of 10 p.m. local time, leaving vast areas in the dark.
The Central Weather Bureau issued warnings of heavy rainfall associated with the storm, raising concerns about flash flooding and landslides.
The mountainous Hualien county, in particular, was anticipated to experience total precipitation exceeding 500 millimeters.
Ahead of Typhoon Haikui's arrival, seven counties and cities in southern and eastern Taiwan suspended school and work for Sunday.
Additional areas, including Yunlin county and the outlying Penghu county, followed suit by suspending activities from Sunday noon.
Further disruption was observed in the southwest cities of Tainan and Kaohsiung, as well as five counties across the island, which announced the closure of schools and offices for Monday.
The typhoon significantly impacted transportation, with 246 flights to and from Taiwan, primarily domestic or regional routes, being delayed or canceled through 6 p.m. local time on Sunday.
While Taiwan grappled with Typhoon Haikui, neighboring Hong Kong faced the aftermath of Typhoon Saola.
At least 86 injuries were reported in Hong Kong as a result of Saola, which had made landfall in the city after passing through the northeastern Philippines. Fallen trees, flooding, and landslides disrupted daily life in Hong Kong.
In response to Typhoon Haikui's threat, Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen urged residents to exercise caution, advising against outdoor activities, mountain visits, coastal trips, fishing, and water sports.
Authorities reported over 40 injuries caused by the storm, including two individuals in mountainous Hualien county who were injured when a tree fell on their car.
Efforts to address the storm's aftermath have included the mobilization of the military, which deployed soldiers and equipment to assist with flood relief and evacuation operations.
Additionally, businesses in high-risk areas took preemptive measures by closing temporarily.
Having crossed southern Taiwan, Typhoon Haikui is expected to traverse the Taiwan Strait and head toward China, where residents are preparing for the typhoon's arrival.
As the region grapples with the impact of these powerful storms, disaster management officials and emergency services are working diligently to ensure the safety and well-being of affected communities.
Typhoon Haikui's devastating impact on Taiwan, with injuries, evacuations, power outages, and transportation disruptions, underscores the region's vulnerability to powerful storms.
As the first direct hit by a typhoon in four years, it serves as a stark reminder of the need for preparedness and swift response to safeguard lives and property.
The storm's onward path towards China raises further concerns, emphasizing the importance of coordinated efforts in managing and mitigating the impact of such natural disasters.