Millions are out of work as Typhoon Quino passes through Taiwan with heavy rains

TAITUNG, Taiwan, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Typhoon Quinu began passing close to Taiwan’s southernmost rural tip on Thursday, injuring 190 people but causing no deaths, while heavy rain and strong winds canceled work and classes for millions in a cluster of cities. all over the country. Al Jazeera.

Quino, which means “puppy” in Japanese, made landfall on Taiwan’s Hengchun Peninsula as a Category 4 hurricane — indicating winds of up to 252 kilometers per hour (156 mph) — but is expected to weaken as it crosses into… The Taiwan Strait and its direction towards the Chinese province. Guangdong Province, according to Danger of tropical storms.

Heavy rain is falling along sparsely populated, mountainous parts of Pingtung County in the south, and Taitung and Hualien counties on the east coast, but the typhoon will also affect the main southern coastal city of Kaohsiung.

A woman sits on the beach as she looks at the waves breaking as Typhoon Quinu approaches, in Taitung, Taiwan on October 4, 2023. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rollins TPX Photos of the Day Obtaining licensing rights

Most cities and provinces in Taiwan declared a day off from work and school on Thursday, although the capital Taipei, home to stocks and financial markets, was not affected and was operating as usual.

The Taiwan Fire Department announced that 190 people were injured and no deaths, in addition to some minor damage to buildings.

Taiwan’s two main domestic airlines, UNI Air and Mandarin Airlines, canceled most of their flights on Thursday, while ferries to outlying islands were also halted.

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A total of 42 international flights were also cancelled, but high-speed railways linking northern and southern Taiwan were not affected, the Ministry of Transport said.

(Reporting by Fabian Hamacher and Carlos Garcia – Prepared by Mohammed for the Arabic Bulletin – Prepared by Mohammed for the Arabic Bulletin) Writing by Ben Blanchard. Edited by Gerry Doyle

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