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Typhoon Matmo batters Taiwan, nine hurt

Jul 23, 2014    

Taipei Typhoon Matmo pounded Taiwan with fierce winds and downpours on Wednesday, leaving nine people injured, shuttering financial markets, and interrupting rail and air transportation.Matmo, packing gusts of up to 173 kilometres (107 miles) per hour, slammed into the east overnight, becoming the first tropical storm to make landfall on the island this year, the Central Weather Bureau said.The storm's powerful winds tore off roofs and uprooted trees, including one in Taipei that crashed into a taxi, injuring its driver and a passenger.Emergency officials said a further three people were injur...

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