Super typhoon hits Taiwan, cutting power and transport

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Powerful rains and winds brought by super Typhoon Nepartak have killed one person in Taiwan.

Typhoon Nepartak made first landfall early yesterday in eastern Taiwan, packing winds of up to 190 kms per hour gusting up to 234 kms per hour leaving two people dead and 72 injured.

Typhoon Nepartak made landfall in Taitung county before weakening to a medium-strength typhoon, the island's Central Weather Bureau reported.

In 2009, Typhoon Morakot cut a wide swathe of destruction through southern Taiwan, killing about 700 people and causing damages of up to $3 billion.

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Two deaths were reported, according to an official tally.

Some of the same areas that saw deadly flooding in recent weeks could be in for more rounds of heavy rainfall as the storm slowly turns north-northeastward toward Shanghai. More than 15,000 people were evacuated.

A Filipino girl is carried along a flooded road in suburban Mandaluyong, east of Manila, Philippines, as monsoon downpours intensify while Typhoon Nepartak exits the country on Friday, July 8, 2016.

The island's railway services were suspended, and more than 600 domestic and worldwide flights were cancelled and 178 flights delayed.

As of Friday morning, Napartak has been downgraded from a super typhoon to a typhoon due to Taiwan's rugged and mountainous terrain. The storm brought torrential rain and the strongest winds in over a century to the island, shutting offices and schools and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

About 390,000 households had been affected by power cuts, majority in Pingtung and Taitung counties, Taiwan's emergency management service said.

Historically, typhoons were deadly events in China but authorities now enforce evacuations and take precautions well in advance, which has reduced casualties.

37,521 people were forced to evacuate the coastal city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang Province after severe winds and flooding devastated the area, reports Shanghai Daily.

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