A mother and her daughter were swept out to sea when a typhoon hit Taiwan on Saturday.
According to My Fox 8, “fierce winds and torrential rain” slammed the area, killing at least five people and injuring nearly 200. The mother and her 8-year-old daughter swept to sea were caught in the severe weather brought to the area by Typhoon Soudelor, which has since been downgraded to a Tropical Storm as it moved into China.
“Soudelor made landfall in Taiwan early Saturday north of the city of Hualien. Many areas across the island received between 10 and 15 inches (25.4 to 38.1 centimeters) of rain. Meteorologists said 40 inches (101cm) of rain fell in Taipingshan over two days. One city in northern Taiwan saw a 210 kph (131 mph) wind gust.”
Over 3.62 million households were without power following the deadly storm. About 10,000 people were evacuated from their homes.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) August 4, 2015
The mother and daughter swept to sea have been confirmed dead. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the two drowned, suggesting that they had been out on the water, perhaps on a boat, when the storm hit. In addition, the young girl’s twin sister was “unaccounted for.” It is unknown if the sister was also at sea at the time of the storm.
Residents in the area are started to head back to their homes, completely shocked by the damage left behind.
“This is one of the worst typhoons I have ever seen. My car was shaking when I was driving. There are too many trees down, and I even saw six downed power poles,” said Mr. Jiang, a sewage station engineer.
“The metal roof of the house next door to mine was completely blown away. I saw a car crushed to bits,” said resident Jack Lin.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 8, 2015
— CNN (@CNN) August 8, 2015
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) August 8, 2015
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, China took precautions despite the storm being downgraded. Over 250,000 people had been evacuated from their homes by the time the storm rolled in late Saturday.
Hundreds of flights in the area have been canceled.
[Photo by ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images News]