Jun 02, 2017 General Comments Off on Damages reported around Taiwan as torrential rain hits
Taipei--Damages -- including from flooding and washed away roads -- were reported around Taiwan on Friday as torrential rain continued to drench the country.
As of 5 p.m., one person was killed, five were injured and two were still missing after heavy rain struck, while 15 others were stranded in the mountains and awaiting rescue, according to statistics from the Central Emergency Operation Center.
The National Fire Agency said it has identified 1,133 instances of disasters as of 4:30 p.m., including 826 cases of flooding, predominantly in the north.
Water conservation authorities issued red-code landslide warnings -- the highest alert level -- for 55 rivers in Taiwan.
Several sections of Provincial Highway 2, which runs along the north coast of Taiwan, were closed due to rock falls or landslides.
Among the worst hit areas are New Taipei's Shimen, Sanzhi, Jinshan, Tamsui, Wanli and Bali districts.
"My father used to take that road to his farm every day to grow vegetables, sweet potatoes and bamboo shoots," said Yu Hsien-mao (???), a resident of Wanli District, pointing to a road washed away by floodwaters in his village.
"Now, the bridge that we cross every day is gone too," he said.
The disaster prompted school and office closures in Keelung City and in parts of New Taipei City, Taipei City and other places.
The downpour also disrupted flights, causing the cancellation of 19 arriving or departing flights and the delay of 107 flights at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport as of 5 p.m., according to the Taoyuan Airport Corp.
President Tsai Ing-wen (???) visited the Central Emergency Operation Center Friday evening and instructed officials and rescue workers to remain vigilant, step up security measures, and ensure that residents in disaster areas are quickly evacuated to safety.
The Central Weather Bureau warned that the heavy rain will continue into Saturday. It issued a warning for extremely torrential rain for Kaohsiung City and Nantou, Chiayi, Pingtung and Hualien counties at 7:45 p.m.
It also warned residents in Taichung City as well as Miaoli and Taitung counties to prepare for torrential rain.
Extremely torrential rain is defined as accumulated rainfall of 500 millimeter or more over a 24-hour period, while torrential rain is defined as accumulated rainfall of 350mm or more within 24 hours.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel