IMAGE: HIGH SURF FROM TYPHOON
Chiang Ying-ying  /  AP
Typhoon Krosa was already generating high waves Friday along Taiwan's northern coast.
updated 10/6/2007 12:56:42 AM ET 2007-10-06T04:56:42

Typhoon Krosa lashed Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rains Saturday, whipping up high waves along the eastern coast and disrupting air and sea traffic.

As of 8:30 a.m. (0030 GMT), Krosa was centered at sea about 210 kilometers (130 miles) southeast of Ilan in northeastern Taiwan, packing sustained winds of 184 kph (114 mph), the Central Weather Bureau said.

The eye of the storm was expected to cross northern Taiwan as it moved toward southern China. Krosa was expected to bring strong winds and heavy rain throughout Saturday, the bureau said.

Heavy rain caused a landslide along a major highway in eastern Taiwan on Friday, and fishermen took shelter in a northern port.

Ferry services were halted between Taiwan and the Lanyu and Green islands Saturday and several domestic flights were canceled, officials said.

The Disaster Relief Center issued flash-flood alerts for 17 major rivers and cautioned local authorities to evacuate landslide-prone areas.

Krosa is the Cambodian word for crane.

Death toll rises in Vietnam
Floods and landslides triggered by another typhoon that struck Vietnam’s central coast earlier this week have claimed 23 lives and left nine others missing, disaster officials said Saturday.

Three more deaths reported in three northern provinces and confirmed reports of three people drowning in the central province of Quang Binh have raised the death toll to 23, disaster official Nguyen Ngoc Dien said.

Packing 80 mph winds, Typhoon Lekima made landfall late Wednesday in central Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces, also leaving nine people missing and injuring more than 100 others, according to disaster officials and the Department of Floods and Storms Control.

Lekima, named after a local fruit, has damaged about 77,000 homes, the department said. It set the initial damage estimate at $41 million.

Vietnam is prone to floods and storms which kill hundreds of people each year.

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