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One woman dies, another missing in southern Taiwan floods

2012/05/20 20:58:15

Taipei, May 20 (CNA) A 75-year-old woman was found dead in a ditch in southern Taiwan and another has been reported missing, as torrential rain caused flooding in low-lying areas early Sunday.

The body of the woman, surnamed Wang, was found by firemen in a ditch about 100 meters from her chicken farm in Tainan City's Rende District after the floods subsided, according to the city's Fire Bureau.

The bureau said it is still searching for a 48-year-old woman, surnamed Hsieh, also a resident of Rende, who has been reported as missing since Sunday morning.

The police found her motorcycle near a drainage system but have not located her, the bureau added.

According to statistics from the Central Weather Bureau, the accumulated rainfall in Tainan and Kaohsiung was up to 271.5 millimeters that day.

Kaohsiung City's Fire Bureau said that Chungte Bridge in Tianliao District has been closed due to flooding.

Elsewhere, falling rocks on the 83-km and 85-km mark of Provincial Highway No. 20 in Taoyuan District have forced traffic suspension there.

The flooding also caused the roadbed at the 98-km mark on the highway to sink, it added.

In addition, the bureau said firefighters in the city's Niaosong District rescued a 70-year-old who was living alone in a flooded area.

President Ma Ying-jeou and Premier Sean Chen have given directives for the Cabinet's Disaster Prevention and Protection Commission to provide relief aid in the affected areas.

(By Nancy Sha, Yang Sz-ruei and Jamie Wang)
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