Natural Disasters

Typhoon Soudelor claims at least 20 lives in Taiwan

The storm, however, weakened after entering inland China

 
By DTE Staff
Published: Tuesday 11 August 2015
Typhoon Soudelor, as seen from International Space Station
Typhoon Soudelor, as seen from International Space Station Typhoon Soudelor, as seen from International Space Station

Typhoon Soudelor battered Taiwan and China on Saturday, leaving at least 20 dead, suggest news reports. According to state media, officials who had issued the lowest emergency level (Grade IV) in the country have now downgraded it to a tropical storm.

"Soudelor forced more than 188,000 people to leave their homes in Zhejiang and 320,000 in neighbouring Fujian," said a report on ABC.net, quoting Xinhua.

In Taiwan, the rain and wind eased on Sunday, although the Central Weather Bureau of the country warned conditions remained unstable as crews began clearing fallen trees, mud flows and other debris from blocked roads. Authorities there said nearly 400 were injured.

Forbes has also reported that the typhoon that ripped across the island Saturday has left millions of people with tap water unfit for drinking, a rare fallout from the seasonal storms.

The storm, however, weakened after entering inland China.

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