Thursday, September 01, 2005

Typhoon slams Taiwan, heads north

TAIPEI, Taiwan: Typhoon Talim swirled across Taiwan before moving off the island's west coast Thursday, leaving at least one dead and 24 injured, officials said.
An elderly man drowned in the southern Tainan region and 24 others were injured, the Disaster Relief Center said, without elaborating.
It said most damage from the storm was limited to fallen trees and signboards.
Schools and government offices were closed in most of Taiwan on Thursday. Financial markets also were closed.
Train services were suspended over most of the island, and several domestic airports halted operations.
In Taipei, streets were abandoned as strong winds felled trees and sent debris cascading against buildings and homes.
Cable station CTI showed videos of raging river waters overwhelming a makeshift bridge in central Taiwan, erected as a replacement for a structure destroyed in an earlier typhoon. Many roads in the area were cut off because of falling rocks, cable stations reported....


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