Yesterday, Typhoon Soudelor, the most powerful storm on earth this year, barrelled its way through Taiwan leaving a train of destruction in its wake.
Latest reports have six people killed and 185 people injured, with more than 3.5 million homes being without power, and many also without water. The Ministry of the Interior initial reports recorded 3,710 trees felled, 1,025 shop signs brought down, and widespread flooding, with landslides affecting roads and more rural communities across the country.
The economic effects are yet to be fully calculated, but agriculture and farming has been badly hit, six wind turbines were brought down near Taichung, and a Republic of China Navy vessel was damaged in Taichung Harbour.
Flooding - Xinhua/REX Shutterstock
Bowing Mailboxes - c.MAG_0602
A Ferris Wheel spins uncontrollably on top of a shopping mall in Taipei.
An uprooted tree blocks a road - c. Reuters
Scooters crushed by a falling shop sign.
This is the damper at the top of Taipei 101, which was intended to stabilise the building in the event of earthquakes. Typhoon Soudelor saw it register its biggest movement ever, more than 2 metres.
A flooded basketball court in Taipei.
A man bravely cycling through the storm.
People being rescued from a car buried in a mudslide in New Taipei City. - c. AP
A man is dug out of a mudslide in New Taipei City - c. AP
A Plane is lifted off the tarmac by the force of the winds.
Poor quality picture, but shows a freight train blown off the tracks in central Taiwan.
Another picture of the freight train.
An uprooted tree in Kaohsiung
A water tank blown off a roof in Taipei
A Buddha blown off the top of a temple in the Fengshan District of Kaohsiung.
The amusing site of fish left in the street be receding flood waters. They did not go to waste as apparently it wasn't long before locals were collecting them up to eat!
Locally, we have seen flying scooters, but also plenty of damage to shop signs, trees, roofs, and gutters, as well as some vehicles. One man was killed in Kaohsiung by a falling tree in Fengshan.
The most remarkable thing for me is how prepared Taiwan was. In the UK, any event of this magnitude would shut the country down for a week. But by 10pm on Sat, when I ventured out for a walk, all of the debris had been cleared to the sides of the roads, and shops and businesses were already clearing up, with many already reopened for business. And people are just taking it in their stride. It’s just another big storm, with some interesting videos to be viewed, and stories to be told, but it’s gone now and life goes on. A hugely impressive response.