A mother and daughter were swept out to sea when a severe storm hit Taiwan over the weekend. According to WPTV, Typhoon Soudelor brought “fierce winds and torrential rain” to the area on Saturday, causing destruction, and leaving hundreds of people injured. Reports indicate that at least six people were killed in the storm.
The mother and daughter were believed to be out on the water at the time the storm hit. The 8-year-old girl’s twin sister was “unaccounted for” as well, but it is unclear if she was with her mom and sister when they were killed.
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The mother and daughter swept to sea drowned, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Two other deaths confirmed included that of a worker who was killed by a falling sign, and another as a man who was hit by a car while clearing branches from a roadway. Details on the other two deaths were unavailable at the time of this report.
“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.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, millions of people were left without power after the storm ripped through. Thousands of people were forced to leave their homes for safety reasons.
The storm moved out of Taiwan late Saturday and headed into China, but was downgraded. Even still, some residents were advised to evacuate their homes before the storm hit, and it is presumed that there were power outages in some areas, as well.
As you can see from the photos below, the devastation in Taiwan is very serious.
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Further details about the mother and daughter swept to sea were not clear.
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