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Typhoon Megi kills 7 in Taiwan
Fri, 22 Oct 2010 21:47:47 GMT
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Typhoon Megi has killed at least seven people at a temple complex in Taiwan, left a busload of Chinese tourists missing, and caused power outages on the island.

The deaths were caused by a landslide that hit a house next to a Buddhist temple in Suao township in Yilan county, the National Fire Agency in Taipei announced in a statement posted on its website, Bloomberg reported.

Nineteen mainland tourists, their driver, and guide were still missing at 9 p.m. local time on Friday, the government agency added.

Some 2,987 households were still without power in Taiwan at 9 p.m. local time, and agricultural losses have reached about NT$46 million ($1.5 million), the fire agency stated.

In addition, rescue workers in Taiwan say they have managed to reach four hundred tourists stranded on a mountain highway by Typhoon Megi.

About 30 vehicles were trapped in Yilan county after torrential rains from the typhoon triggered a massive rockslide.

Helicopters were taking the people to safety, according to the latest report.

Megi is the strongest storm to hit the northwest Pacific in two decades, packing winds of around 140 kilometers per hour for a time.

It left 19 people dead in the Philippines and is expected to make landfall in southeast China on Saturday.

Over 160,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas along the Chinese coastline.

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