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Typhoon Fung-Wong lashes Taiwan

Fishermen brave the wind and waves of approaching Typhoon Fung-Wong in Keelung, Taiwan
Typhoon Fung-Wong is expect to cross Taiwan throughout Monday

A typhoon with winds of up to 140km/h (87 mph) has hit the east coast of Taiwan bringing heavy rain, and causing schools and businesses to close.

The country's stock market has shut for the day and transport have been severely disrupted.

Taiwanese stacked sandbags and boarded up windows as typhoon Fung-Wong approached.

Taiwan is still reeling from tropical storm Kalmaegi earlier this month which left 20 people dead and six missing.

Rain and wind lashed the east coast of the island, causing a rock slide in the Taroko Gorge that injured a man, police said on Sunday.

Coastguard officials said they were searching for a fishing boat carrying four Taiwanese and a Chinese man which went missing on Friday near Matsu, off China's south-eastern coast.

In northern Taiwan, winds whipped up giant waves and hundreds of fishing boats took shelter in port.

Strong winds whip up giant waves in northern Taiwan

Officials said dozens of villagers were evacuated from a mountainous region in southern Kaohsiung where several houses were buried by mudslides caused by Kalmaegi.

A Central Weather Bureau forecaster was quoted as saying the total rainfall may reach 900mm (35 inches).

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