Aug 11, 2015

Typhoon Soudelor Impacts: As Many As 34 Killed; Millions Without Power in China

Taiwan
China
Saipan
CNMI
by
Sean Breslin
,
The Weather Channel
A man passes a damaged structure from Typhoon Soudelor in Taipei, Taiwan, on Aug. 8th. Photo: Wally Santana, AP
A man passes a damaged structure from Typhoon Soudelor in Taipei, Taiwan, on Aug. 8th. Photo: Wally Santana, AP

Typhoon Soudelor battered Taiwan and China over the weekend, leaving at least 34 dead and several more missing.

The Chinese government says 26 people have been killed by typhoon-related impacts, with the deaths coming in the provinces of Zhejiang, Fujian, Anhui and Jiangxi. More than 65,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in China by the storm.

In China's Fujian province, where the storm destroyed 36 homes and damaged 281 others, authorities evacuated more than 370,000 people prior to landfall, the Associated Press reported. Soudelor knocked out power to more than 4 million Chinese citizens, the report added.

The storm also halted travel; more than 500 flights were canceled, and nearly 200 high-speed trains did not run as the storm bore down on China.

Agricultural damage in Taiwan is estimated to cost around $18.9 million, says the Taipei Times. Damage in China has been calculated at more than $2.2 billion, according to the Chinese government.

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.