When weather goes postal

A Taiwanese postman and a man posing for photographs on Sunday beside two postboxes bent by the recent Typhoon Soudelor in Taipei, Taiwan.

The postboxes have become a tourist attraction, with hundreds of people queueing to have photographs taken with them.

Chunghwa Telecom assigned staff to maintain order and plans to erect a sign beside the damaged postboxes to bear witness to the fury of Soudelor, and sell related souvenirs.

Soudelor left at least six people dead, four missing and 379 injured in Taiwan, the authorities said on Sunday.

About 7,700 accidents resulted from fallen trees and billboards, emergency operations officials said. The Central Weather Bureau lifted the typhoon alert on Sunday morning, but said that there would still be heavy rainfall in south and east Taiwan.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 11, 2015, with the headline 'When weather goes postal'. Print Edition | Subscribe