Taipei--Casualties and damage were reported from around Taiwan as torrential rain continued to batter the island Saturday, with agricultural losses reaching at least NT$21 million (US$714,100), according to government statistics.
As of 5 p.m., two people had been killed, five had been injured and one was still missing after heavy rain began to drench Taiwan a day earlier, the Central Emergency Operation Center said. A total of 15 others were stranded in a mountainous area of Miaoli County and awaiting rescue, it added.
The deaths were a woman in New Taipei's Bali District and a man in the northern city's Shimen District, both of whom were swept away by floodwater, while New Taipei and neighboring Keelung City reported five injuries amid the torrential rain, the center said.
Meanwhile, an elderly woman remained missing as of Saturday, as the search continued, it said. The woman fell into a swollen river, as she apparently tried to check damage caused by the downpour on farmland in Keelung the previous day.
In addition to the casualties, the rain had also caused severe agricultural losses of around NT$21.5 million around Taiwan, the center's statistics show.
As many as 32,067 households suffered power outages at some point over the past two days, but power had been restored to 29,399 households as of 4 p.m., the state-run Taiwan Power Co. said.
The company said it was trying to restore power to all the affected households in New Taipei, Nantou County, Yunlin County and Kaohsiung City.
About NT$38 million-worth of damage had been reported from 102 schools around Taiwan, with New Taipei and Yunlin being the hardest hit, according to statistics compiled by the Ministry of Education.
Aletheia University in New Taipei's Tamsui District sustained the most severe damage, including damage to its basketball and volleyball courts, as well as its water pumping equipment.
In its latest weather warning, the Central Weather Bureau urged residents in Nantou, Yunlin, Chiayi, Kaohsiung and Pingtung to brace for extremely torrential rain, while those in Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taichung, Hualien and Taitung were warned to take precautions against torrential rain from Saturday night to Sunday morning.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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