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article imageVideo: Typhoon Tembin soaks southern Taiwan

By Anne Sewell     Aug 24, 2012 in Environment
Hengchun - On Friday morning, Typhoon Tembin crossed southern Taiwan, with flooding and wind damage, but luckily spared the heavily populated areas.
Flood waters reached 3 meters (9 feet) high in Hengchun, Pingtung county on Friday.
Several dozen people had to be rescued from their flooded homes.
Scenes in the video show empty buses, overturned by the raging floods, and uprooted trees and damaged furniture are strewn in the streets.
Villagers stranded by the overflowing Laonung river had to be rescued by troops in Kaohsiung county, where winds measuring almost 155 kpm (96 mph) blew down trees and smashed windows in the area. No casualties have been reported.
The typhoon hit at around 5 a.m., crossed over the island and returned to sea by late morning.
According to forecasters, the typhoon now appears to be heading for mainland China. However, they do warn that it could return to Taiwan's southern agricultural region as a weaker storm later.
Thinking back on a devastating typhoon that took around 700 lives three years ago, authorities arranged evacuations from mountainous areas, prone to landslides, ahead of Typhoon Tembin and had thousands of troops ready for rescue operations. Fortunately, most of the troops were not needed. While 5,000 people were evacuated, they should be able to return home soon.
Luckily the impact of the typhoon on northern Taiwan was limited, with schools and businesses in Taipei operating normally. No flights at Taipei's two airports were affected.
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