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282 locations remain on mudslide red alert

2012/06/13 14:56:29

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) A total of 282 riverside locations in central and southern Taiwan remained on red alert for mudslides Wednesday, despite the easing of torrential rain, the Council of Agriculture (COA) said that day.

The locations are in 107 villages in Taichung, Nantou County, Chiayi County, Kaohsiung and Pingtung County.

Meanwhile, yellow alerts were issued for 471 riverside areas in 192 villages in Taoyuan County, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Taichung, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Tainan, Kaohsiung, Pingtung County and Taitung County.

In the areas that have been put on red alert, local governments should ensure that residents evacuate or relocate to safer places, COA officials said.

In yellow alert areas, residents have been advised to evacuate.

A weather front has brought heavy rainfall around Taiwan over the past few days, leaving many areas inundated.

According to the Directorate General of Highways, 21 roads and bridges were closed as of Wednesday due to damaged caused by the rain, with 23 locations still unrepaired.

The agency advised people to avoid using roads in mountainous areas prone to landslides and rockslides.

(By Lin Shen-hsu and Y.F. Low)