Typhoon Soudelor impacts: at least 17 killed; Grade-IV emergency issued for hard-hit areas in China

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August 2015TAIWAN Typhoon Soudelor battered Taiwan and China on Saturday, killing at least 17, leaving nine missing and causing millions of dollars in damage. Five people were killed while the storm besieged Taiwan, including a mother and daughter swept out to sea, two men killed by falling debris in separate incidents and another man pulled from a mudslide. At least twelve died when the storm caused mudslides and flooding in China. Officials issued a grade-IV emergency, the lowest emergency level, for areas hard-hit by Soudelor in China, Xinhua News Agency reported. Two teams were dispatched to Zhejiang and Fujian provinces to aid those affected by the storm.
Agricultural damage in Taiwan is estimated to cost around $18.9 million, says the Taipei Times. Damage in China has been calculated at $617 million, according to Xinhua News Agency. Taiwan’s Ministry of Education reported academic institutional damage reached $4 million nationwide, Taiwan News reported. At least 812 schools were damaged. At one point during the storm, over 4 million Taipower customers were rendered powerless, a record number of outages previously held by Typhoon Herb, which left 2.79 million powerless in 1996, according to the utility.

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The BBC reported an eastern Taitung County resident told Formosa TV, “I’ve never seen such a powerful typhoon in my 60 years.” Local authorities reported at least 12 people were killed when mudslides and flooding swept through Zhejiang Province, China, Saturday night, collapsing several homes, Xinhuan News Agency reported. Another five people are missing. A man was killed in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, after he was struck by a falling tree Saturday afternoon, Taiwan News reported. Another man died when he was struck by a falling billboard in Su’ao Township late Friday night, the report added.
An 8-year-old girl and her mother died when they were swept out to sea by strong waves as the storm neared land, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported. The girl’s twin sister remains missing along the beach in the northeastern county of Yilan, the report added. Before the storm made landfall in China, more than 1.4 million homes in Fujian province were left without power as strong winds blasted the region, the Associated Press reported. The city of Fuzhou, China, was slammed by heavy rains, leaving over 10,000 trees strewn about the city and stranding vehicles in floodwaters, Xinhua News Agency reported. Authorities ordered the evacuation of more than 163,000 people in southeast China and called 32,000 ships back to port ahead of the storm, the AP added.
Thousands of police and soldiers were on standby to aid those affected by Soudelor. On Saturday afternoon, marine police rescued 55 university students and teachers trapped on a small island where they had been attending a summer camp, after strong gales stopped ferry services, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported. At least 185 people were injured during the storm in Taiwan. Aside from injuries, residents and others woke to streets in Taipei littered with trees, power lines and other debris. –Weather
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7 Responses to Typhoon Soudelor impacts: at least 17 killed; Grade-IV emergency issued for hard-hit areas in China

  1. Can always hope one of the dead was the one who tried to hack into my Facebook two days ago. They were in that region. I know that’s selfish of me but they should learn a trade instead of stealing from people.

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  2. Yellow Bird says:

    alvin, 2 separate factory fires in China in 1 day, doesnt sound good at all

    first one TianJin, major port city on east coast opposite Korea. they insist only a few people were killed, and fire’s out now, everything ok. But the entire factory blew sky high in the middle of one of China’s top 5 cities, plus this particular factory is acknowleged to have been processing some sort of toxic materials.
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/china-explosions-aftermath-photos-inside-blast-zone-show-devastation-tianjin-1515295
    then less than 24 hours later another factory explosion & fire, thankfully smaller but still significant, in a steel factory in Anshan city, in northern Liaoning province
    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/1849401/china-hit-explosion-second-factory-less-24-hours-after-deadly

    i googled the distance between the two and discovered that while they are not very close to each other- they are both on Bohai Sea. China is a big country. To offer perspective, TianJin is directly across the bay from Pyongyang, and its just 150 miles to N Korea border from Anshan.

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    • Yellow Bird says:

      been following tweets from on site reporters all day today…
      looking for updates on aftermath, especially reports of toxic exposures
      this just posted to #TianjinBlast:
      http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/1849723/stinging-eyes-and-headaches-post-reporter-scene-chinese-port
      “It started with a headache and occasional stinging in my eyes on Thursday afternoon, a few hours after I arrived at Teda Hospital. Many people injured in the massive explosions in Tianjin the night before were still being treated.
      It must be an emotional reaction, I thought, not a physical one. After all, the air smelled OK – not pungent – and so many people including doctors, nurses, the injured and their relatives, reporters, volunteers and policemen were walking about, breathing normally.
      But later in the day, other reporters complained of similar symptoms….”
      “Nobody knows, even now, exactly what hazardous materials were in the storage facility that exploded and continued burning, and what resulting substances had been released into the air…. “Feng Guangyin, a professor at Nankai University in Tianjian, said yesterday morning that the types of major pollutants were being monitored. They included toluene (a solvent that smells like paint thinner), chloroform and volatile organic compounds, but their concentrations were gradually declining, Feng said, “However, without knowing exactly what materials exploded, we cannot judge clearly what pollutants were generated.”

      it is being reported that the first blast was triggered when water from firefighting made contact with a cargo of Calcium Carbide, which then formed clouds of Acetylene. the resulting explosion then generated sufficient heat to set off the chain reaction of two far greater explosions. no one seems to be able to say how many chemicals were incinerated, but Toluene and many hundred tonnes of Sodium Cyanide keep being named.
      a few tweets a little while ago say that Officials have finally evacuated to 3km after fires spontaneously reignited, triggering several more (smaller) explosions.
      this disaster is still in the making, i fear for a long time to come.

      posting this info here tonite as i am reading the new updates on these Twitter feeds:
      #Tianjin
      #TianjinBlast
      #Tianjinexplosion

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    • The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

      Thanks for the links, YB

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      • Yellow Bird says:

        your welcome, glad they’re useful…
        #Tianjin feed now compromised, all posts between 7/30 and 7 hours ago vanished.
        so far #…Blast feed still holding and updating constantly
        here’s one more you really must see before it disappears:

        http://chinadigitaltimes.net/2015/08/he-xiaoxin-how-far-can-i-go-and-how-much-can-i-do/
        3 reporters successfully sneaked into exclusion zone yesterday, this is the complete & uncensored photo essay that resulted. they were stopped by police while leaving the area, forced to erase all their documentation, save the one memory chip that escaped detection

        (perhaps the officers felt they had done their job entirely well enough… under the circumstances)

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      • There’s obviously more to this story than we’re being told. This was no ordinary chemical blast.

        It reminds me of something similar on Season 6 EP 1 of Spooks (2007) – where a blast happened in Iran

        Also see our sister site below- crazy things are now transpiring across the globe with lightning speed. The world is one whisker away from catastrophe.

        http://utopiathecollapse.com/

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  3. Yellow Bird says:

    more industrial accidents happening in other parts of world this week
    #ConroeExplosion
    #Moskva
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2015/aug/13/river-fire-burst-pipeline-moscow-russia-video?CMP=embed_video

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