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Over 3,000 people evacuated in Kaohsiung due to torrential rain

2019/08/16 14:08:38

flooding in Namasia District

Taipei, Aug. 16 (CNA) A southwesterly air current has brought heavy rainfall to central and southern Taiwan, with 3,566 people evacuated in Kaohsiung as of Thursday night.

Over the past 24 hours, mountainous areas of Kaohsiung, including the city's Taoyuan and Namasia Districts, have received over 400 millimeters of rain, while the accumulated rainfall in Liouguei, Maolin and Jiasian Districts exceeded 300mm.

Due to the heavy continuous rain, those five districts, as well as Meinong District, announced school and office closures Friday.

Rain began to fall almost continuously in mountainous areas of Kaohsiung Thursday, damaging such crops as ginger and chayote, while preventing the delivery of bamboo shoots, according to Namasia District Office.

mudslide caused by heavy rain in Liouguei District

On Friday, a brick building in Taichung city's Tanzi District partially collapsed following several days of torrential rain and a magnitude 4.6 earthquake that struck at 5:41 a.m. that day. There were no reports of casualties.

In southern Chiayi County, rockslides caused by heavy rain and the earthquake damaged the Alishan forest railway at the 22km mark Friday, leading to suspension of the service, according to the Forestry Bureau.

Repairs are expected to take four working days, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, flooding was reported in Changhua county late Thursday, blocking an underpass in Changhua City.

As the air current continues to bring rain across the county, the Water Resources Agency issued a level 1 flood warning for Changhua City, Huatan Township and Dacun Township.

A level 1 flood warning indicates an area is in immediate danger of flooding, while a level 2 warning means signs of flooding are likely within three hours.

Meanwhile, the military has activated its disaster response mechanism as heavy rain and flash floods occur across southern Taiwan.

Photo courtesy of the Ministry of National Defense

According to Major General Wu Li-wen (武立文), spokesperson of the fourth Operation District, the army deployed 32 soldiers, six army trucks and equipment to help clear mud on mountain roads before noon.

Troops also assisted local government units in Jiasian, Liouguei and Shanlin districts in Kaohsiung City in evacuating residents from high-risk areas as a preemptive measure to ensure their safety.

(By Su Mu-chun, Wu Che-hao, Yeh Tze-kung, Chen Chi-fong, Emerson Lim
and Chung Yu-chen)