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Torrential, heavy rain advisories issued for seven cities, counties

2016/10/10 12:01:18

A helicopter airlitfs supplies to a rural village in Taitung County cut off by by heavy rainfall. (Photo courtesy of a local resident)

Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) kept torrential and heavy rain advisories in place on Monday for seven cities and counties in northern, eastern and southern Taiwan. It also reported extremely torrential rain on the northern coast of Keelung.

The combination of a frontal system and strong northeasterly winds has seen extremely torrential rain (defined as 500mm or more in a 24-hour period) along the northern coast of Keelung and torrential rain (350mm or more in a 24-hour period) in Yilan, the CWB said.

On Monday, the north coast of Keelung will receive torrential rain and extremely heavy rain (200mm or more in a 24-hour period), the eastern counties of Yilan and Taitung and the Hengchun Peninsula in the south will experience extremely heavy rain and Pingtung County, Hualien County and the Greater Taipei area will see occasional heavy rain, the bureau forecast.

Residents in those areas should be on alert for possible landslides and rock falls, while those living in low-lying areas should take precautions against possible flooding, the bureau suggested.

According to CWB data, New Taipei's Gongliao and Ruifang Districts have received downpours of up to 770mm and 500mm, respectively, in the past 24 hours. Wanli, Jinshan in New Taipei and Toucheng in Yilan have recorded downpours of 300mm to 400mm.

Continued rainfall is expected throughout the day, the CWB said.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu)
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