Typhoon Koinu brushes past Taiwan with lashing rain; 1 killed by flying glass


A car passes by power lines downed by the high winds from Typhoon Koinu in Taiwan's southern Pingtung County on Oct 5, 2023. - AFP

PINGTUNG, Taiwan (Reuters): Typhoon Koinu brushed past southern Taiwan on Thursday (Oct 5), killing one person, injuring 304 and causing localised damage, as lashing rains and strong winds forced millions of people in a swathe of cities to miss work and school.

Koinu, which means "puppy" in Japanese, made landfall on Taiwan's Hengchun peninsula as a category four typhoon - indicating winds of up to 252 kph (156 mph) - but it weakened as it crossed into the Taiwan Strait and headed towards China's Guangdong province, according to Tropical Storm Risk.

The heaviest rain fell in mountainous and sparsely populated parts of Pingtung county in the south, and the east coast counties of Taitung and Hualien, but the typhoon also affected the major southern port city of Kaohsiung.

Most cities and counties declared a day off work and school though the island's capital, Taipei, home to financial markets, was not affected and was operating as normal.

Chipmaker TSMC said its factories were also working normally.

The typhoon entered the Taiwan Strait late on Thursday morning and heavy rain was forecast to last into Friday, mostly in the island's south and east.

Taiwan's fire department reported one death from a person hit by flying glass in the central city of Taichung, and 304 injuries across the island, as well as some damage to buildings and downed trees.

More damage was reported on Orchid Island off Taitung's coast in the Pacific Ocean, home to about 5,000 people, with pictures on social media showing cars blown off roads, fishing boats sunk in a harbour and smashed school windows.

Taiwan's official Central News Agency said a weather tracking station on Orchid Island recorded Taiwan's strongest wind in 126 years as the typhoon hit late Wednesday.

Taiwan's two main domestic airlines, UNI Air and Mandarin Airlines, cancelled most their flights for Thursday, while ferries to outlying islands were also stopped.

A total of 46 international flights were cancelled, the transport ministry said, but the high speed rail connecting northern and southern Taiwan was not affected.

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Taiwan , typhoon , Koinu

   

Next In Aseanplus News

Businesses face more risks as reform in business conditions slows
Jail for man who drove lorry into tree in Jurong, killing two of his friends
Cambodia has seen most development in 500 years: Govt spokesman
Defeated Indonesian election candidates call for parliamentary probe
Asian stocks lower after Wall Street losses
Andy Lau’s film 'The Movie Emperor' pulled from cinemas in China
Sabah govt allies focused on people's projects and not polls for now, says Liew
Singapore Tourism Board gave grant for Taylor Swift concerts: Govt
Thailand seeks clampdown on recreational cannabis by year-end
US, European parts found in N.Korean missile in Ukraine: report

Others Also Read