Typhoon Megi triggers rockslides in Taiwan

Soldiers are trying to remove rocks to get to trapped travellers on highway.

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2010, 09:28 AM IST

Taipei: Officials say Typhoon Megi has brought heavy rains to northeastern Taiwan, triggering massive rockslides on a coastal highway that have trapped as many as 400 travellers.

The Defence Ministry says soldiers are trying to remove the rocks to get to the trapped travellers on the highway in Ilan County, about 90 miles (150 kilometres) southeast of the capital, Taipei. It said on Friday that none of the people, including 235 tourists from China, are injured.

The Central Weather Bureau says Megi dumped a record high 40 inches (1,000 millimetres) of rain in Ilan on Thursday.
It says Megi is moving north through the Taiwan Strait. It says the typhoon is packing winds of 100 miles (160 kilometres) an hour and expected to make landfall on Saturday in southeast China.

Bureau Report