Typhoon Jangmi lashes Taiwan

Image: Damage from Typhoon Jaigmi in Suao, Taiwan
Workers attempt to repair electricity lines and poles that were toppled by Typhoon Jaigmi in Suao, Taiwan, on Monday.Patrick Lin / AFP - Getty Images
/ Source: The Associated Press

Typhoon Jangmi roared toward eastern China on Monday after lashing Taiwan with torrential rains and powerful winds that killed two people and injured more than 30.

Jangmi — the fourth and most powerful typhoon to hit the island this year — made landfall in Ilan county in northeastern Taiwan at mid-afternoon Sunday, the Central Weather Bureau said.

Jangmi was downgraded to a tropical storm early Monday as it moved north toward seas off eastern China, the bureau said. But offices and schools were shut down Monday because of the storm's impact, and the Taiwan stock market was closed.

At Taipei's international airport, operations resumed after being interrupted late Sunday, but it could take hours to clear up the backlog of delayed flights, airport authorities said.

Power was cut to 86,000 households as the area was hit by gusts of up to 140 mph, the highest level the bureau's equipment can measure, the weather bureau said.

The strong winds overturned a bus on a highway near the northeastern city of Ilan, injuring 36 passengers, the Disaster Relief Center said.

Outer bands of the storm continued to dump heavy rains in central and southern Taiwan Monday, with the scenic Alishan resort area recording nearly 32 inches of rain, the bureau said.

Officials said groups of Chinese tourists were turned away from Alishan, a favorite sightseeing spot for the mainlanders.

ETTV Cable News showed rampaging waters overflowing the banks of a main river in Nantou county in central Taiwan as villagers were rescued from their flooded houses.

An 82-year-old man was killed when he fell into a flooded rice paddy and an 18-year-old girl was killed by a fallen electric wire in central Taiwan, the Disaster Relief Center said.

Authorities evacuated more than 3,000 villagers from landslide-prone areas and closed 34 bridges on overflowing rivers, the center said.

Typhoons frequently hit Taiwan between July and October, causing flash floods and deadly landslides. Two weeks ago Typhoon Sinlaku killed 12 people and left 10 others missing and presumed dead.