A big clean-up starts in Taiwan
More than 40 people have been injured, and 160,000 are without power after Typhoon Haikui hit Taiwan late on Sunday. Yesterday was a day to assess the damage – authorities were relieved no deaths were reported and said power would be restored ASAP. At its peak, Haikui’s winds hit 200km/h, forcing schools/businesses to shut and domestic flights/ferries to cancel services. The country’s southern and eastern regions bore the brunt of the winds and heavy rains, but the north’s capital city, Taipei, also had a drenching. Haikui – the first major storm to hit Taiwan in 4 years – has been downgraded to a tropical storm and is headed for China’s southern coast. Officials there warned locals to be prepared for strong winds and big surf before it made landfall last night. As for the estimated 70,000 people stuck at US festival Burning Man, authorities say they’re getting closer to reopening roads in the area…
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