Torrential rain triggers flash floods across the island Typhoon Talim pounded Taiwan with strong winds and heavy rain yesterday, forcing all offices, schools and financial markets to close, and leaving at least three people dead and 59 injured. The typhoon, the third large tropical storm to hit Taiwan this year, triggered flash floods across the island, with the Council of Agriculture reporting at least NT$360 million ($85 million) in farm losses. 'The amount is expected to go further up as a lot of farmland was inundated and produce destroyed by the strong winds,' said a council official. Although Taipei was not directly hit, banks, stock markets and all main businesses were closed yesterday. A 67-year-old man in the southern county of Tainan was swept into a pond by the strong winds and drowned, while a 43-year-old man in Miaoli, south of Taipei, fell into a river and drowned. A 60-year-old woman in the central county of Changhua was killed by lightning, according to the National Disaster Prevention and Protection Centre. Among the injured were eight prisoners and a policeman in a van which smashed into a barrier separating two lanes of traffic in Taipei county amid strong gusts and heavy rain, police and centre officials said. Torrential rains brought by the powerful typhoon, which had a radius of 225km, created mudslides and rockslides in various parts of Taiwan, prompting the Council of Agriculture to issue red alerts on 426 streams and rivers. 'We heard a thunderous sound and a rockslide broke through the back wall of our house and took down the front wall,' a resident at Yungan village in the southwestern county of Yunlin told a television reporter. A high rise in Taipei had its reinforced glass wall broken by strong gusts, with shattered pieces of glass flying in the air, while a motorcyclist almost had his throat cut by a flying piece of iron plate blown from a construction site. Flooding was reported in low-lying areas, with Hualien in eastern Taiwan and Pingtung in southern Taiwan seeing waist-high water. Talim, with sustained winds of up to 184km/h, weakened after making landfall at 7.30am at Ilan in northeastern Taiwan. The typhoon knocked out power to 1.4 million households and cut off water supplies to 620,000 families, centre officials said. Mud-polluted water in Taoyuan outside Taipei forced the government to again announce water rationing, prompting angry protests from residents who have suffered from several weeks of rationing. More than 200 flights at Taiwan's main international airport were suspended, affecting more than 10,000 passengers. But domestic and international flights resumed last night. Taiwan had only just recovered from the damage brought by Typhoon Matsa last month. In July, Typhoon Haitang also created serious damage and claimed at least 12 lives.