Saturday, September 18, 2010

Taiwan shuts down as typhoon makes landfall

TAIPEI | Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:25am IST

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Business stopped in Taiwan on Sunday as a mid-strength typhoon made landfall, bringing heavy rains and strong wind gusts as officials scrambled to prevent a repeat of the devastation caused by a 2009 storm.

Typhoon Fanapi, Taiwan's most severe storm so far in 2010 with wind gusts of up to 198 kph (123 mph), had cancelled all domestic flights and a handful of international ones on Sunday.

Fears of high winds had also shut down the island's biggest ports, in Kaohsiung and Keelung.

Typhoon Fanapi sweeps into Taiwan

A woman braves the rain in Taipei. 19 Sept 2010 Residents in Taipei rushed to shops to stock up for the duration of the storm

A powerful typhoon has swept into Taiwan, closing schools and offices and disrupting transport.

Typhoon Fanapi made landfall near the east-coast city of Hualien with heavy rain and winds up to 198km/h (123mph).

Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau has warned of a risk of landslides in mountainous areas.

Last year more than 700 people were killed and thousands left homeless by floods and mudslides caused by Typhoon Morakot.

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