Taiwan: Typhoon Maria weakens after flood, landslide warnings force thousands to evacuate

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2018

Typhoon Maria made landfall Wednesday morning in Lianjiang County, southeast China's Fujian Province.

Strong gales uprooted trees, broke fish rafts and caused hazards on roads in Lianjiang, a fishing county after Typhoon Maria barreled into the region at 9:10am local time. Local maritime affairs authorities said that more than 850 ships had returned to Xiamen port.

This photograph by Taiwan agency CNA taken on July 10, 2018 shows a large wave hitting the coast of Taitung as Typhoon Maria approaches east Taiwan.

Residents are also advised to remain indoors during the storm and stay updated on weather warnings.

Schools and offices were closed in parts of Taiwan Wednesday, July 11, as Typhoon Maria skirted the island bringing torrential rain and powerful winds.

Eighty-six teams made up of around 1,500 workers from Fujian Expressway Group are on standby to fix any damage caused by the typhoon while local firefighters prepared for rescue missions, the report added. Seventy-six domestic flights and 145 global flights were cancelled on Tuesday.

Eight people were injured as Typhoon Maria passed over northern Taiwan late Tuesday and early Wednesday, according to the latest information on the storm issued by the Central Emergency Operation Center.

Japan is already reeling from its worst weather-related disaster for decades after days of deadly floods and landslides triggered by record rains killed at least 179 in the west of the country.

Typhoons normally hit Taiwan, China, Japan, the Philippines and Vietnam from June through November each year.

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