Schools shut, flights canceled as Super Typhoon Meranti hits Taiwan

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More than half a million homes lost power across Taiwan on Wednesday and five people were injured as Super Typhoon Meranti, which is believed to be the world’s strongest storm this year, hit the island.
Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Centre said five people were injured, while many power lines were brought down, some by falling trees, cutting electricity to 550,000 households.
Trains and shipping services were disrupted, while offices and schools in Kaohsiung and other cities were closed and almost 1,500 people were evacuated .
Most domestic flights have been canceled, including all of those from Kaohsiung airport, where international flights were also severely affected.

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