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Published on : Saturday, July 9, 2016
Super typhoon Nepartak has hit the east coast of Taiwan gusting at a speed of 245 kilometres per hour (152 miles an hour) which lead to the cancellation of flights, ripping roofs off buildings and forced schools and offices to shut down.
As per the latest reports, 142 people has been injured and 3 people are feared to be dead.
Nepartak is Taiwan’s largest super typhoon in about six years and the first for 2016 in the northern hemisphere, after an unusually quiet storm season.
According to the weather reporters, the storm will leave Taiwan by late Friday and will hit eastern China early Saturday local time.
Throughout the morning out of Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport, most of the flights remained cancelled. Two of the major railway systems in the country are out of service.
More than 500,000 homes were affected with power cut but electricity was restored by the end of Friday night as reported by the emergency operations center.
The soldiers were sent in the remote mountainous areas in eastern Hualien and Taitung counties to urge residents to leave their homes for shelters. More than 16,000 people were evacuated from the worst affected areas.
Thousands of troops have been mobilized across Taiwan and emergency services have been ramped up, according to the spokesperson of the ministry of defense.
Until now, the northwest Pacific had experienced its longest streak on record without a named storm, totalling 200 days since December 2015.
The humongous size of the of the super typhoon has left the meteorologists and storm chasers in awe, and Nepartak is being described as a “near-perfect” storm.