The powerful typhoon Haikui arrived this Sunday, September 3 above Taiwan. Despite thousands of preventive evacuations, at least 40 people were injured. Including two in Hualien County, where authorities say a tree fell on a car.
With our correspondent in Taiwan, Valentin Floquet
It was at 3:40 p.m. local time that Typhoon Haikui officially hit the southeast of the main island of Taiwanese territory. Winds exceeding 180 km/hy were recorded.
Although weakened by the mountain range culminating at more than 4,000 meters above sea level, vigilance is still required for the next 24 hours in the face of these winds.
The eye of the typhoon is currently at the level of Kaohsiung, a city of 2.8 million inhabitants, which experienced this Sunday evening torrential rains and gusts that can still reach 140 km / h.
In preparation for this typhoon, thousands of people were displaced. Those who remained at home have made reservations and have provided for the necessary to live without electricity.
Among the damage, several roads are currently closed to the east of the island, mainly due to a major fall of trees and landslides.
According to the electric company Taipower, as of 10 p.m., more than 160,000 homes were left without power due to the typhoon. Nearly 50,000 are still waiting for the power to return.
The northern part of Taiwan, including the capital Taipei, was spared by the typhoon and will work normally on Monday, while the rest of the island is shut down over a large part of its territory and will wait for a return to normal. scheduled for Tuesday.
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