Hundreds evacuated as Typhoon Soulik nears Taiwan

Updated 13 July 2013
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Hundreds evacuated as Typhoon Soulik nears Taiwan

TAIPEI: Hundreds of villagers were evacuated and schools and businesses shut down in Taiwan yesterday as it prepared for the arrival of Typhoon Soulik, expected to pound the island with powerful winds and heavy rain over the weekend.
Offices and schools closed in Taipei and eight other cities with residents advised to stay indoors as the typhoon churns towards the island. Packing winds of up to 209 km an hour, Soulik is expected to make landfall on the north-east coast around 3 a.m. Saturday, the Central Weather Bureau said.
The bureau downgraded Soulik from a super typhoon to a moderate typhoon but warned residents across the island to prepare for “extreme torrential rain” —classified as 350mm (13 inches) within 24 hours — and rough seas.
More than 600 residents were evacuated from six low-lying aboriginal riverside villages outside the capital city yesterday morning.
“I saw TV reporting that the typhoon may bring in up to one metre of rainfall. That would be terrible and reminded me of the painful memories last year,” Ginghong Izan, a male migrant from the Amei aboriginal tribe told AFP, speaking outside his home in Hsichou village.
“My TV, computer, refrigerator and furniture were all were flooded when (Typhoon) Saola hit in August. It cost me around Tw$ 200,000 ($ 6,670),” the 52-year-old said, adding that he started moving valuables to higher parts of his house two days ago. Saola left six dead, two missing and 16 wounded in Taiwan after taking 23 lives in the Philippines.
  


Trump welcomes Jordan’s King Abdullah to White House

Updated 26 min 9 sec ago
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Trump welcomes Jordan’s King Abdullah to White House

  • Leaders to discuss "threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria.”
  • US advisor Jared Kushner recently met with Abdullah over Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump welcomed Jordan’s King Abdullah to the White House on Monday.
The president and first lady Melania Trump greeted Abdullah and his wife, Queen Rania, as they arrived in the afternoon. The couples will be meeting in the Oval Office before Trump, Abdullah and their aides sit down for talks.
The White House had said the allies would be discussing “terrorism, the threat from Iran and the crisis in Syria, and working toward a lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”
Presidential adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner recently met with Abdullah as part of a Middle East trip to lay the groundwork for an expected Israeli-Palestinian peace plan.
It’s likely to face steep resistance from the Palestinians, who have cut off ties since Trump recognized contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.