Screams heard as scaffolding ripped from skyscraper by typhoon winds in Taiwan

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28 September, 2016

Nervous Japanese tourists wait inside their toppled tour bus after it overturns along a Taiwan freeway during Typhoon Megi, which killed at least four people and injured some 170 across the country.

Television footage showed billboards and scaffolding torn down while trees were uprooted and roofs ripped off.

The government's Central Emergency Operation Centre said that at least 167 people have been injured and more than 11,500 have been evacuated in response to the danger.

At that time, gusty winds of up to 198 kilometers or 123 miles per hour were recorded as the typhoon was moving towards landfall in Taiwan's main island at 14 kilometers or 8.7 miles an hour.

A woman eats and struggles with her umbrella against powerful gusts of wind generated by typhoon Megi across the the island in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. More than 2 million households have lost power and more than 35,000 households are without water. Bus and subway services in the capital have also been suspended.

More than 1,000 millimetres (39 inches) of rain had fallen in mountainous areas of Yilan as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the weather bureau.

Ahead of the storm, 3,700 tourists had been evacuated at the weekend from Orchid Island and Green Island.

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Taiwan's financial markets, which were shut on Tuesday because of the storm, will also be closed on Wednesday, financial regulators said.

A man walks during a storm in Xindian district, New Taipei City, as Typhoon Megi hits.

Authorities raised alert levels because Typhoon Megi's bands of wind and rain were expected to cover the entire island, which is prone to landslides and flooding, said National Fire Agency Director-General Chen Wen-lung.

A large number of injures resulted from people falling and being hit by wind-blown objects, according to the Associated Press.

More than 121 flights were delayed and 253 cancelled at Taoyuan International Airport, and seven were diverted to other Taiwanese airports.

Megi is the fourth typhoon of the year to hit Taiwan. Schools and offices have been closed on Taiwan and people in unsafe areas have been evacuated as a large typhoon with 162 kilometers- (100 miles-) per-hour winds approaches the island.


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