Winds of 200km as 37,000 people evacuated on Chinas eastern coast and flights and trains cancelled

Severe rain and wind brought by super typhoon Nepartak has killed at least three people and injured more than 140 in Taiwan, authorities say, while in China 37,000 people on the east coast have been evacuated and flights and trains cancelled.

A total of 37,521 people have been relocated in the Chinese coastal city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang province as winds on the sea are affected by Nepartak, this years first typhoon.

The National Meteorological Centre said the typhoon will continue to bring gales and torrential rain to coastal regions of Fujian and Zhejiang on Saturday.

The storm made landfall in the southeastern Taiwan county of Taitung on Friday.

One unidentified man died after being swept off a beach in the eastern county of Hualien late Thursday and a soldier on an island in the Taiwan Strait fell into the sea while fishing. His body was found early Friday.

A 71-year-old woman, in Taitung, died when she was struck by a falling cabinet, officials said.

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At least 142 people in the eastern and southern regions were hit by falling trees or injured by glass, an official at the Central Emergency Operation Centre said.

More than 510,000 families were left without electricity and 24,200 families were left without tap water.

In many places, the water supply systems cannot function due to the lack of power supply, said Li Wei-sen, an official of the centre.

Authorities issued landslide warnings for more than 700 mountainous areas due to rising river levels. More than 15,000 residents were evacuated.

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Winds gusting to more than 200km per hour were detected by weather stations, the Central Weather Bureau said.

Local TV news images showed winds flipping over cars and breaking windows in Taitung city.

On Friday, Taiwan Railways suspended some services, including high-speed trains. More than 300 international flights were also cancelled, authorities said.

Taiwans agriculture sector suffered an estimated 664 million Taiwanese dollars ($20.5 million in losses, according to the Council of Agriculture late Friday.

Australian Associated Press contributed to this report

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/09/china-braces-as-super-typhoon-nepartak-kills-three-in-taiwan

China braces as super typhoon Nepartak kills three in Taiwan
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