World Bulletin / News Desk
Torrential rain and strong winds triggered landslides and flooding, forcing financial markets to shut and disrupting transport, after Typhoon Saola made landfall in eastern Taiwan on Thursday, authorities said.
At least one person was killed in a landslide and eight injured in the storm.
While some major companies remained open, Taiwanese authorities ordered other businesses and schools to close. Financial markets were also shut, with normal operations expected to resume on Friday.
Most domestic flights were cancelled, along with some international services. Train services were also stopped as the typhoon made its way up Taiwan's less populated and mountainous east coast.
Taiwan's National Fire Agency said one person had been killed in a landslide in the central region of Chiayi. Eight people were injured, most in falls from motorcycles.
The agency also said a policeman had died of a heart attack.
Three of Taiwan's top technology exporters, chipmakers TSMC and Nanya Tech and LCD panel maker AU Optronics, said none of their facilities were affected and were running as normal.
Saola is currently rated a category 2 typhoon on a scale of five and was expected to weaken to a category 1 within 12 hours as it passed Taiwan and headed for southeast China, meteorologists said.
A separate system, Typhoon Damrey , has not affected Taiwan a nd is expected to pass north of China's financial hub of Shanghai on Friday but will weaken to a tropical storm.
China's meteorological agency issued typhoon warnings on Thursday for the southern and eastern provinces of Fujian and Jiangsu. On Tuesday, China's Premier Wen Jiabao told authorities to be on the highest alert.
Wen, who usually leaves more junior leaders to oversee arrangements before storms, told authorities to step up preparations and "put people's lives first", the official Xinhua news agency said.
A man has been sentenced for 35 years in prison for his role in human trafficking in the south of Thailand
Wanted MNLF leader in hiding on rebellion charges since 2013, but seen as key in bringing peace to Muslim south
Monk activist says pregnant wife of Kem Ley, who was assassinated last month, and her 4 children ‘might not’ return
In a visit to New Delhi, John Kerry has said that despite Pakistan moving forward with stopping extremists, it needs to do more
Some of the largest protests against Indian occupation have taken place which was triggered by the killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered police not to act on the arrest warrant for Nur Misuari. founder of the Moro National Liberation Front
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has called on China and the Philippines to abide by an international tribunal's decision on the disputed South China Sea and said there was no military solution to the problem.
Seoul official says Kim Yong-jin shot by firing squad in July after ‘showing a bad attitude’ during parliamentary meeting
Evacuation advisories issued to 410,000 people in north Honsho island amid fears of Typhoon Lionrock triggering landslides
A historic peace conference may possibly end decades of violence
Turkish president will meet his Russian counterpart a day before his meeting with US President
US Secretary of State Kerry expresses interest to work closely with Bangladesh to fight terrorism
Appealing for presidential mercy only option left for politician found guilty of war crimes during Bangladesh independence
An explosion has killed at least one person in the Chinese embassy in Kyrgyzstan
Canadian prime minister aims to strengthen economic ties with China
Warrant, third issued in connection with bombings that killed 4, for man from Muslim majority province of Pattani