Typhoon Lynn Kills Four in Taiwan, Batters Philippines
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ Typhoon Lynn swept nine schoolchildren out to sea when it sideswiped Taiwan, then destroyed at least 200 houses when its 103 mph winds battered the Philippines on Saturday.
Rescuers found the bodies of two girls and a boy Saturday near Hengchun on the coast of southern Taiwan. They held out little hope for six other schoolchildren, aged 8 and 9, swept off a reef the day before by 20-foot waves triggered by Lynn.
Police also said a falling rock killed a 31-year-old man in Hualien, 100 miles southeast of Taipei, on Saturday. They included the death in storm- related casualties but did not disclose further details.
Despite typhoon warnings issued Friday afternoon, Lynn showed no signs of approaching when the waves hit Taiwan, police said.
Lynn sank seven fishing boats and damaged 50 others with its winds. Police in Ilan, 60 miles southeast of Taipei, said three fishermen were rescued Saturday after their boats capsized.
The typhoon forced cancellations of domestic train and air service in the island’s central and southern areas and dumped more than 28 inches of rain in some mountain regions, leaving streets flooded and triggering landslides, according to weather reports.
Estimates of damage were not available Saturday night.
The Philippines reported no casualties after the typhoon blew down at least 200 houses and caused floods and landslides.
Crispina Abat, operations director at the Office of Civil Defense, said torrential rains had flooded at least five towns in Cagayan and Ilocos Norte, about 200 miles north of Manila, and triggered landslides in Benguet.
Rescuers in boats aided residents marooned by neck-deep floodwaters, Abat said.
In the mountain resort of Baguio City, communication and power lines snapped and landslides cut off roads linking the city to Manila.
The weather bureau said Lynn blasted the Babuyan islands off northern Luzon overnight, but officials said poor communications would delay damage reports for days.
Lynn was moving slowly over the South China Sea in the direction of China’s southeastern coast Saturday night, packing winds of up to 86 mph at its center.