The Central Emergency Operation Center said five people were injured in disasters caused by the typhoon.
In Greater Kaohsiung, a firefighter was electrocuted while handling a power cable ripped off by powerful winds, receiving burns so serious that his right foot may need to be amputated, the center said, adding that three other people were injured by broken glass in Greater Taitung.
As the storm bore down, police set up roadblocks in several locations leading to areas considered in danger of landslides, only letting through those on urgent business.
Nationwide, the number of evacuees topped 7,000, the center said, adding that 24,463 households — mostly in Hualien and Taitung counties — suffered from power outages, while there was one case of a road collapse on Provincial Highway No.4 in Taoyuan County and another collapse on County Highway No.58 in Yilan County.
In addition, 18 road sections that could potentially collapse around the country have been closed as a preventive measure, the center said in a statement.
Hualien, Taitung, and Pingtung counties have been listed as flooding — or potential flooding — areas and water pumps have been delivered to those areas, the statement said.
Premier Sean Chen (陳冲) yesterday demanded Lee set up an on-the-spot operation center in Pingtung County to coordinate disaster relief efforts.
The operation center was to be led by Deputy Minister of the Interior Chien Tai-lang (簡太郎), who yesterday traveled to the southern county along with other officials.
Defense officials were also stationed at the operation center in Pingtung. They were leading about 1,500 military personnel in rescue operations in the hope that they would help bring about the earliest possible recovery of the affected areas, the Executive Yuan said.
Additional reporting by Shih Hsiu-chuan and AFP