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Warnings issued as island prepares for Xangsane to hit

STAFF WRITER , WITH AGENCIES

Typhoon Xangsane moved closer to southern Taiwan yesterday, prompting officials to set up disaster relief centers, cancel flights, call off classes and issue land and sea warnings.

A woman was reported missing while another 18 people were rescued yesterday as Typhoon Xangsane lashed the southern and eastern part of the island.

Meanwhile, firemen rescued 18 workers stranded by floods and landslides sparked by the typhoon.

At 7:00pm the typhoon was around 170km south of the southernmost tip of the island. The edge of the typhoon will make landfall late today if it maintains its current course, weather forecasters said.

Xangsane (pronounced Chang-Sarn) was moving at 13kph, Lin said.

Typhoon relief and coordinating centers were set up all over southern Taiwan, and officials warned residents against landslides and flash floods.

Trains were halted yesterday, while landslide and flash flood warnings were hoisted over many cities in southern and central Taiwan.

As of 10pm last night, streets in the Changan Community neighborhood in Hsichih, in Taipei County, were flooded in places up to a depth of 60cm.

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