Taiwan Markets, Schools Closed as Typhoon Dujuan Lashes Island

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A woman uses an umbrella against strong wind and rain brought by typhoon Dujuan in Taiwan on Monday.

Photographer: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images

Typhoon Dujuan lashed Taiwan with rain and wind Monday, disrupting land and air traffic and forcing offices, schools and financial markets to shut on Tuesday.

The stock markets will be closed for all of Tuesday. The foreign-exchange market will be open for the afternoon session, the central bank said in a text message. Electronic bond trading will be closed all day, while over-the-counter trading will depend on the availability of traders, the Taipei Exchange said in an e-mailed statement.

The Taipei city government ordered schools and businesses to close on Tuesday morning, according to the Directorate-General of Personnel Administration’s website.

More than 600 domestic and international flights have been either canceled or delayed, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said in an e-mailed statement Monday.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. canceled or delayed about 30 flights from Taiwan Monday and Tuesday, the airline company said in a text message.

The storm, which made landfall at 5:40 p.m. local time Monday, was about 30 kilometers (19 miles) northeast of Taiwan’s eastern county of Hualian by 8 p.m., the Central Weather Bureau said. Dujuan is moving west-northwest at 20 kilometers an hour. The typhoon had maximum sustained winds of 184 kilometers an hour and gusts as high as 227 kilometers an hour, according to the weather bureau.

Taiwan’s businesses and financial markets were closed Monday for the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday.

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