Powerful typhoon slams
At least one killed, air traffic disrupted; Typhoon Fung Wong heads to
The Associated Press, July. 28, 2008
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A powerful typhoon lashed Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rains Monday, disrupting air traffic and triggering landslides and floods that killed at least one man in the southeastern part of the island.
Typhoon Fung Wong hit
Television images showed rescue personnel wading through waist-deep waters to extricate people from their homes in Hualien in eastern
A man drowned when he slipped into a flooded rice paddy in
Authorities evacuated more than 1,000 isolated villagers and barred traffic at low lying, vulnerable bridges, the center said. They provided 300 pumping machines to move water out of flooded areas, it added.
An unidentified village chief in
In normally bustling
The city's domestic airport was shut down, but at the international airport in suburban Taoyuan county some long-haul and regional flights using larger aircraft were still taking off and landing normally, according to the Taoyuan airport's Web site.
The state-run Taiwan Power company said more than 43,000 homes had lost power around the island and several roads were blocked by landslides.
The storm dumped more than 26 inches of rain in Hualien. It is expected to make landfall on the southeastern Chinese coast early Tuesday, the Central Weather Bureau said.
Fung Wong hit
Typhoons frequently hit
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