braced for its second storm
in two days today after Typhoon
Nesat battered the island, leaving at least 103 injured while causing flooding and widespread power outages.
Much of Taiwan
came to a standstill on Saturday after Nesat made landfall in eastern Yilan county, whipping up massive waves of over 49.2 feet and dumping rain of up to 23 inches in the southern region of Pingtung.
It moved away from Taiwan
Sunday as tropical storm
Haitang churned towards the south of the island, likely to make landfall in the evening according to the Central Weather Bureau.
It is the first time in 50 years that Taiwan
has issued warnings for two typhoons.
"Haitang is gaining some strength and it is expected to bring heavy rains to central and southern Taiwan
from tonight to tomorrow," forecaster Lin Ting-i said.
was 170 kilometres southwest of Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of the island
at 0300 GMT.
More than 10,000 people had to be evacuated on Saturday, with 5,338 soldiers
deployed for disaster relief.
Most train services were suspended and more than 300 domestic and international
flights cancelled or delayed.
At least 103 people were injured, mostly by falling objects or in car accidents while some slipped in the bad weather, according to the central emergency operation centre.
Nearly half a million households
were without electricity as Nesat pounded the island
with downpours and winds of up to 180 kilometres an hour.
Pingtung suffered the worst flooding as of Saturday night, with some 200 residents stranded and later rescued.
Images showed flooded homes and motorcyclists pushing their vehicles through water.
Around 140,000 households
were still without electricity on Sunday, though rail services had mostly resumed.
TV footage showed soldiers
sending food to some homes in Pingtung where streets remained flooded.
Taiwan's second largest airline EVA Airways
said it had cancelled around 50 flights after more than 500 flight attendants took typhoon
days off, affecting around 30,000 passengers.
Although Nesat was Taiwan's first typhoon
this year, the island
was pounded by heavy rains last month. At least one person was killed after 600 millimetres of rain fell in under 11 hours in some areas.
Nesat made landfall in Fuqing city, China's southeast Fujian
province, at around 6 a.m. local time Sunday, according to state media, with authorities issuing a red typhoon
alert -- the highest in China's four-tier, colour-coded warning system.
Emergency response efforts have begun in neighbouring Zhejiang province, where more than 3,000 people have been evacuated, China
News Service reported.
Another typhoon, "Begonia", is expected to make landfall in Fujian
either Sunday evening or Monday morning.