Taiwan on alert as typhoons approach

TAIPEI Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:40am IST

Related Topics

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan issued a warning for torrential rain and strong winds and put its military on standby as typhoon Tembin headed for the island's east coast with winds of around 145 km/hour after soaking parts of the Philippines.

Tembin is currently a category 3 typhoon on the international scale up to 5. It is expected to weaken to a category 2 as it crosses Taiwan on Thursday, affecting the whole of the island, before heading for southern China.

A second typhoon, Bolaven, also currently a category 3 storm, is likely to affect Taiwan on the weekend, passing the island's north coast.

Earlier this month rain from typhoon Saola triggered landslides and flooding that killed five people in Taiwan, shut markets and businesses and forced the evacuation of 1,000 people.

(Reporting by Jonathan Standing; Editing by Richard Pullin)

FILED UNDER:
Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Gaza Conflict

Reuters Showcase

Ukraine Crisis

Ukraine Crisis

Merkel says tightening Ukraine-Russian border is key to peace deal.  Full Article 

Tripoli Under Attack

Tripoli Under Attack

Renegade Libyan forces say their planes attack Tripoli again.  Full Article 

Ebola Threat

Ebola Threat

Ivory Coast closes western borders over Ebola threat.  Full Article 

NYC Protests

NYC Protests

Thousands march in New York City to protest police chokehold death.  Full Article 

Govt Relents

Govt Relents

Yemen government offers to resign to end Houthi protests - source.  Full Article 

Landslides hit Hiroshima

Landslides hit Hiroshima

Landslides triggered by torrential rain slammed into the outskirts of the Japanese city.  Slideshow 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage