With its super typhoon strength of 208kph and gusts of 173kph, ‘Soudelor’ swept the east coast and central provinces of Taiwan on Satuday, leaving 80,000 people without water supply and two million people without electricity according to state power provider Taiwan Power Co.
Destructive winds caused by ‘Soudelor’ prompted authorities to cancel local and international flights and suspend high speed and regular railway services.
Torrential rains accompanied by fierce winds fell trees, damaged buildings and triggered landslides in many areas. Tidal surges have also battered coastal villages. In Taoyuan, houses were buried by mudslides. In Taingpingshan, nonstop heavy downpour dumped an estimate of 40 inches of rain in two days.
As of Sunday, the Taiwan’s National Fire Agency reported that at least 379 people were injured.
As it moved northwest, ‘Soudelor’ made landfall in Fujian province in mainland China. Although it was downgraded into a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 85kph and gusts of up to 100kph, ‘Soudelor’ continue to inundate parts of Fujian and Zhejiang provinces where at least 250,000 people were evacuated from the coastal provinces.
Wencheng county saw downpours of 645 millimetres in 24 hours, the heaviest rains in 100 years, according to Xinhua news agency. In Wenzhou city, about 1.36 million people were affected, with an estimate of direct economic losses at 3.83 billion yuan ($832 million).
Before pummeling Taiwan, super-typhoon ‘Soudelor’ ravaged Saipan in the Northern Mariana island early this week.
‘Soudelor’ is the strongest storm on the planet so far this year, an equivalent of Category 5 hurricane with peak winds of 290kph, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).
Out of the 10 typhoons that developed in the West Pacific Basin so far this year, five had super-typhoon strength with sustained winds of at least 240 kph.
Mozilla urges users to update Firefox
Users of Mozilla Firefox web browser are advised to immediately update Firefox after the discovery of a major bug that could search all the sensitive files on your computer and upload them to a server.
In a blog post, Mozilla Security lead Daniel Veditz said “all Firefox users are urged to update to Firefox 39.0.3.”
The said exploit allows an attacker to read and steal sensitive local files on the victim’s computer through the browser’s PDF reader.
Veditz said that on August 5, a Firefox user “reported an advertisement on a news site in Russia which was serving a Firefox exploit that searched for sensitive files and uploaded them to a server.” The server appears to be in Ukraine.
On August 6, Mozilla released security updates to fix the vulnerability.
The exploit sweeps through typically sensitive developer-oriented files and uploads them to a remote server undetected.
Veditz said the exploit “leaves no trace” that it has ever existed on a targeted system.
Mozilla also urges users to change passwords and keys.