Super Typhoon Soudelor batters Taiwan

Three people were reported dead, after Typhoon Soudelor made landfall in the east of Taiwan island.

One person remains missing and another 28 were injured.

And in the neighboring province of Fujian, authorities have ordered the evacuation of residents and ships back to port, ahead of the storm’s arrival.


The 13th typhoon of the year, Soudelor, reached Taiwan between Friday night and Saturday morning.

The typhoon, which is moving northwestward at a speed of more than 20 km per hour, is expected to land on the coast of Fujian Province Saturday night.

About 158,000 people in the province have been evacuated. The evacuees, mostly aquatic farm workers, have been transferred to safe locations inland.

The province ordered all fishing boats to return to harbor by 10 a.m. Friday, as gales were predicted later in the day.

Meanwhile, marine police have launched emergency response mechanism.

“The third detachment of Fujian maritime police has set up emergency units on the water and land respectively. We have also prepared rubber boat, steamboat, spade, lifebuoy and flashlight. We take turns on duty around the clock to ensure that we could deal with the typhoon in time.”

The typhoon is also expected to disrupt train and air services.

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