Taiwan Shuts Down Schools & Offices As Typhoon Doksuri Heads Towards China

by Shreya Shriyan
Taiwan Shuts Down Schools & Offices As Typhoon Doksuri Heads Towards China

It seems like almost every corner of the world is going through a natural calamity of its own. And now Taiwan and China seem to be the latest victims. Typhoon Doksuri has taken over the daily lives of the people in these regions. So, what is typhoon Doksuri and why is it creating so much fear? Let us tell you.

Taiwan Shuts Schools As Typhoon Doksuri Inches Closer To China

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Typhoon Doksuri has unleashed powerful winds and rain in Taiwan. Schools and offices in the south and east were forced to close and now, it is advancing towards China. This will pose a significant risk to shipping and air travel, which might face additional disruptions, reports Hindustan Times.

Reports also stated that so far, the massive storm caused three fatalities in the northern Cagayan province of the Philippines, where floods reached chest-deep levels. The typhoon sustained winds of up to 155 kilometres per hour (96 miles per hour) and gusts reaching 191 kph, reported BNN Bloomberg. 

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As of 7:15 a.m. local time, the typhoon was approximately 170 kilometres southwest of Taiwan’s southernmost point. Taiwan responded by closing offices and schools in several regions: Tainan, Kaohsiung and  Hualien being some of them. Taitung, Kinmen and Penghu were also on the list, reported Hindustan Times. However, Taipei remained open despite experiencing strong winds and rain overnight.

As per the report, in mainland China, Xiamen Airport plans to shut down for 24 hours, starting from 6 p.m local time. Cathay Pacific Airways announced the cancellation of some flights to Xiamen. The typhoon is expected to make landfall in the coastal areas of Fujian and Guangdong on Friday morning.

This is as stated by China’s National Meteorological Center, said the report.

AFP reported two confirmed fatalities in the Philippines on July 26 due to the typhoon. Local officials stated that a falling tree hit a woman, and a landslide crushed a 16-year-old boy. CNN Philippines stated that the disaster risk reduction agency is currently verifying reports of five additional deaths. 

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Authorities and communities are diligently working to mitigate its consequences through preparedness measures and response efforts. As the affected areas strive to recover and rebuild, we can only wait to see how much turmoil the typhoon will actually cause.

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