Taipei, June 12 (CNA) Water authorities have raised the flooding alert to the top level in nine cities and counties around Taiwan, after days of torrential rain caused widespread flooding, officials said Tuesday.
A frontal system and the southwest monsoon brought torrential rain to central and southern Taiwan starting June 10, causing heavy flooding in parts of Nantou County, as well as Chiayi County, Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County in the south, among others.
As the frontal system moved north, the Water Resources Agency listed another four cities and counties in the north as highly likely to experience flooding -- Taipei and New Taipei cities, Taoyuan County and Hsinchu County.
That brought the number of areas highly likely to be hit by flooding to nine, according to the agency's tally as of 5:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, a total of 18 reservoirs in northern, central and southern Taiwan had been discharging floodwater as of 5:00 p.m.
(By Huang Chiao-wen and Scully Hsiao)