Southern Taiwan hit by severest storm, Typhoon Meranti
Taipei: Southern Taiwan, on Wednesday was hit by the severest storm, Super Typhoon, Meranti with strong winds speeding 216 km/hr, torrential rain and flooding.
According to the weather bureau Spokeswoman, Hsieh Pei-yun," This Typhoon is the world's strongest so far this year and its impact on the island will increase all day today."
- Around 1500 residents had been evacuated.
- More than one lakh families were without power.
- Schools and colleges have been closed in the Southern parts of Taiwan.
- Flights from Kaohsiung airport have been cancelled.
Earlier, in 2009, the island was hit by the Typhoon Morakot which took the lives of 700 people.