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Flood warnings issued for central, southern Taiwan

2019/08/13 12:02:24

Motorcyclist in flooded road in Tainan

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) Flood warnings have been issued for the Changhua, Yunlin, Kaohsiung and Tainan areas as downpours battered central and southern Taiwan on Tuesday morning, according to the Water Resources Agency (WRA).

Following a Central Weather Bureau alert for extremely heavy rain in central and southern Taiwan, the WRA issued a first grade flooding warning for Changhua County, Yunlin County, Kaohsiung and Tainan.

A first grade flooding warning refers to a scenario where one hour of rainfall causes serious flooding in an affected area, whereas a second grade warning suggests serious flooding within three hours.

As of 10:15 a.m. the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) had issued heavy and extremely heavy rain advisories for Miaoli County, Changhua County, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Chiayi City, Chiayi County, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung County.

The bureau warned people in those areas to be prepared for thundershowers, strong winds and river flooding, as well as landslides and rockfalls in mountainous areas.

Extremely heavy rain refers to 200 millimeters of rainfall over 24 hours and 100 mm of rainfall in a three-hour period, while heavy rain describes 24-hour accumulated rainfall over 80 mm or 1-hour rainfall over 40 mm.

According to CWB data, from midnight Monday to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Rende and Guiren districts in Tainan recorded more than 300 mm of rainfall, and Chunri District in Pingtung County and Jiading District in Kaohsiung recorded over 220 mm.

As of Tuesday morning, 3,733 households in Kaohsiung were without power after the city was hit by thundershowers, Taiwan Power Co. said.

Meanwhile, Tainan announced school and office closings due to flooding in multiple areas.

(By Chi Jo-yao)
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