Sun, Dec 05, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Weather bureau lifts land and sea typhoon warnings

CNA , TAIPEI

The Central Weather Bureau lifted sea and land warnings for Typhoon Nanmadol at 2:30pm yesterday.

Bureau meteorologists said the strength of the rare December typhoon was greatly reduced after it made landfall in Fungliao Township, Pingtung County at 7:40am. It left Taimali Township, Taitung County for sea at 9: 30am.

A woman was killed during the storm when she was hit by a flying billboard while riding her scooter in Tainan County. Rescuers are currently searching for two people who went missing in Hualien. One was swept into a river while driving, and the other was engulfed in a mudslide as he was checking his water main.

Sixty-two places around the country reported rainfall of more than 300mm over a 24-hour period. The Pulowan mountainous community in eastern Hualien County recorded 800mm of rain.

No major casualties were reported in Taipei, but Mayor Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) urged the public to be on alert as there could still be heavy rain.

In Taipei, Yangmingshan registered the most rainfall of mountainous areas at 160mm, while Nankang registered the most in the plains at 125mm.

The Council of Agriculture (COA) estimated that the typhoon caused agricultural losses of NT$2.60 million (US$81,250).

COA officials said that 675 hectares of fields in Pingtung County were damaged, with crops of wax apples, watermelons and onions being most affected.

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications said that as of 10am, Nanmadol had damaged 12 highways, mostly in eastern Taiwan and Kaohsiung.

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