China has evacuated more than 600,000 people from coastal areas as a typhoon that has battered Taiwan makes its way to the mainland. At least four people have been killed in Taiwan and dozens have been injured.
Typhoon Haitang is the first hurricane to hit the island this year but will not be the last as summer storms in the Far East gather momentum at sea from warm waters before reaching land. Schools, government offices and financial markets were closed, and Taipei’s streets remained deserted as people heeded government calls to stay home.
In the island’s mountainous northeast, nearly one metre of rain fell in just a few hours causing landslides and flash floods. Torrential rain is expected to continue hammering the island until Wednesday, but business is expected to resume on Tuesday.
Taiwan’s oil refineries are reportedly continuing to operate normally.
Meanwhile, the Caribbean has been hit by the second hurricane this season.
After wreaking havoc in Jamaica where it killed four people, Emily has descended on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula.
Most of the region’s oil production which represents 80 percent of Mexico’s exports has been cut off and thousands of oil workers have been evacuated.
On the land, residents and tourists took refuge in shelters, hotels and schools as they waited for the worse to be over.