Typhoon Soudelor wreaks havoc in Taiwan

Taiwan has been battered by a typhoon that has brought strong winds and torrential rain to the island nation. Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated and hundreds of thousands are without electricity.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported Saturday that an eight-year-old girl and her mother had become Typhoon Soudelor’s first victims when they were swept out to sea from a beach after it made landfall in the country’s east-coast counties of Yiland and Hualien.

In the following hours, Soudelor continued to move west across Taiwan, packing gusts of up to 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles per hour), uprooting trees, and knocking down wind turbines. The rains also triggered mudslides in a remote village in the northern region of Taoyuan.

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Source News: DW