At least five dead after Typhoon Saola hits eastern Taiwan
"Typhoon Saola" "New Taipei City" At least five dead after Typhoon Saola hits eastern Taiwan "breaking news" "Typhoon" china "breaking today" "5 feet typhoon rain" The officer drowned in a swollen river. Around 15 other people have been hurt as Saola wreaked havoc. An evacuation of more than 1000 people has taken place in the mountainous areas in the north and east of the island. Rescuers have used rubber boats and amphibious vehicles to help residents from flooded homes. In the main cities including the capital, Taipei, most businesses, schools and financial markets were shut for the day. In Sanshia township, Taipei county, CCTV footage showed a man dropping into a hole and being buried by debris after a road collapsed beneath him. His body was recovered hours later after rescue workers searched the area. Officials said the road's foundations had been washed away by floodwaters from the nearby river. A reporter from local network ETTV had to run away during her live broadcast when more of the road began collapsing behind her. Around 100 domestic and international flights were cancelled, train services disrupted and roads closed.
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