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Pingtung suffers heavy flooding from Nanmadol

2011/08/29 14:28:11

Taipei, Aug. 29 (CNA) Torrential rains from Typhoon Nanmadol caused flooding and landslides in southern Taiwan, with Pingtung County taking the brunt of it as it recorded the highest rainfall across the country.

Firefighters evacuated at least 20 people in Hengchun, Pingtung County at dawn Monday as several roads were flooded chest-high. These included Hengxi Road, Hunei Road, and some lanes on Hengnan Road.

A man who lives on Hengnan Road said it was the most serious flooding he had ever experienced in the area, more severe even than the flooding caused by Typhoon Morakot in 2009.

The floods had subsided by 7 a.m.

Floods were also reported in Long-shui Ward, with the water rising knee-high at noon Sunday.

Other Pingtung townships such as Checheng, Donggang and Linbian also suffered flooding.

In Linbian, which was listed as a severe disaster area after Typhoon Morakot, heavy rains Monday morning caused knee-high floods around the train station. Township chief Cheng Hsin-cheng said several senior citizens had been evacuated Sunday as a precaution.

According to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB), Nanmadol, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm, dumped 220mm of rain on Hengchun Township between midnight Sunday and 8 a.m. Monday. The total rainfall in the township over the past two days was 510 mm. Both figures represented the highest volume recorded across the country from the storm.

In other southern areas of the island, local government officials gave precautionary evacuation orders.

In Kaohsiung City, 1,465 people -- 580 in Namaxia District and 280 in Taoyuan District -- were evacuated on landslide fears. Kaohsiung Emergency Management Information System data showed that Taoyuan District has recorded highest cumulative rainfall of 229mm.

In Tainan, the city government had evacuated a total of 62 people in mountainous and coastal areas as of 11 a.m. Monday, as a precautionary measure.

(By Kuo Chu-chen, Wang Shwu-fen, Chang Jung-hsiang and Nell Shen)