Super Typhoon Dujuan Struck Chinese Taipei

Super typhoon Dujuan killed three people and left more than 300 injured after it swept across the island on September 28.

Typhoon Dujuan brought gusts of up to 227km/h (141mph). Thousands of people had been evacuated from vulnerable areas ahead of the arrival of the storm, and tens of thousands of troops were on standby.

Some areas received more than 900mm of rain in just one day, about one third the average annual rainfall for Chinese Taipei. At the peak of the storm 2 million homes lost electricity. On the morning of September 29, 498,458 were still without power.

Chinese Taipei’s aboriginal mountain communities are particularly at risk during typhoons, often affected by flooding and mudslides. Landslides blocked the roads into the hot spring town of Wulai, in mountains just outside the capital, Taipei. It was the latest hit for Wulai which was severely damaged by flooding and landslides in August when typhoon Soudelor hit.

1. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/29/super-typhoon-dujuan-kills-two-and-injures-hundreds-in-taiwan
2. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34377023