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Typhoon Maria barrels into China after pounding Taiwan

AP  |  Taipei 

Typhoon Maria injured two people in and prompted more than 3,000 to be moved to shelters before making landfall in China, authorities said today.

The government's disaster response center said the two were hit by falling tree limbs in the capital yesterday, as the medium-strength passed north of the mountainous island of 23 million people.

The center said a total of 3,430 people had evacuated their homes in nine cities and counties by today morning to avoid landslides triggered by heavy rainfall.

In 2009, Typhoon Morakot killed almost 700 people in Taiwan, including about 400 when their village was wiped out by flooding and landslides.

The central government issued red alerts for landslides in two mountain villages of northwestern Taiwan's county, effective today. Seven cities and counties ordered work and school closures for the day.

The typhoon also caused the cancellation of 138 international flights and 170 domestic flights. Its wind speeds reached 191 kilometers (119 miles) per hour.

Across the Strait, schools and factories in coastal areas of the Chinese province of are closed. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated to shelters and thousands of fishing boats returned to port.

normally hit Taiwan, China, Japan, the and from June through November each year.

They form as tropical depressions gather strength from the warm waters of the or the South Sea, before weakening over the hills of southeastern and

Meanwhile in western China's in province, heavy rains and landslides prompted the closures of the popular Mount Emei and Jiuzhaigou tourist destinations. Roads were blocked by landslides, but there was no word on major damage or injuries.

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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 13:20 IST