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Taiwan battens down as second typhoon threatens region

Published on Jul 22, 2014 6:43 PM
 
A fisherman ties his boat up as Typhoon Matmo approaches the north-eastern coastal town of Nanfangao in Ilan county, northern Taiwan, on July 22, 2014. The Taiwan military was collecting and distributing sandbags to guard against possible flooding on Tuesday as the typhoon bore down on the island after brushing the Philippines. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI/MANILA (REUTERS) - The Taiwan military was collecting and distributing sandbags to guard against possible flooding on Tuesday as a typhoon bore down on the island after brushing the Philippines.

Typhoon Matmo, a category-two cyclone on Tropical Storm Risk's scale of one to five, was approaching from the southeast and was expected to strengthen until it hits on Tuesday night and moves on to China.

"People everywhere should prepare for strong winds and rain," weather forecaster Lin Chih-hui said. "The closer Matmo gets, the more powerful it will be."

Taiwan has sent troops from the northern city of I-lan to get sandbags ready, while financial markets, companies and schools were expected to close on Wednesday.

 
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