Heavy rain causes power outages, traffic disruptions in Taiwan

05/22/2020 12:42 PM
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A bulldozer clears fallen rocks from the streets in a mountainous area in Chiayi County Friday. (Photo courtesy of the Directorate General of Highways)
A bulldozer clears fallen rocks from the streets in a mountainous area in Chiayi County Friday. (Photo courtesy of the Directorate General of Highways)

Taipei, May 22 (CNA) Torrential downpours have caused power cuts and road damage in parts of Taiwan, local governments reported Friday, as a plum rain front, accompanied by southwesterly winds, battered the country.

The heavy rain and winds downed power lines in Kaohsiung City in southern Taiwan, leaving all of Namasia District without electricity Friday morning, but the power was restored in phases before noon.

Rock slides and fallen trees were also reported in mountainous areas of Kaohsiung, while school and offices were closed in several districts in the city, due to the weather.

About 1,000 mountain residents in Kaohsiung had to be evacuated, after the weather front dumped some 200 millimeters of rain on the area between midnight Thursday and noon Friday.

In the neighboring county of Pingtung, flooding was reported in urban and low-lying areas on Friday.

Rockfalls block a road in Chiayi County Friday. (Photo courtesy of Alishan Township Office)
Rockfalls block a road in Chiayi County Friday. (Photo courtesy of Alishan Township Office)
Taipower engineers fix a collapsed utility pole in Kaohsiung City following downpours. (Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung
Taipower engineers fix a collapsed utility pole in Kaohsiung City following downpours. (Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung's Namasia District Office)
Rockfalls seen in Pingtung County Friday due to torrential rain. (Photo courtesy of Pingtung police)
Rockfalls seen in Pingtung County Friday due to torrential rain. (Photo courtesy of Pingtung police)

According to the Water Resources Agency, the heavy rains in Kaohsiung and Pingtung are expected to continue throughout Friday, with more flooding likely.

In Nantou County in central Taiwan, traffic was disrupted by mudslides on county roads Friday morning, but they have since been cleared, the county government said.

A man rides his scooter through streets flooded by torrential rain in Kaohsiung Friday. (Photo provided by a member of the public)
A man rides his scooter through streets flooded by torrential rain in Kaohsiung Friday. (Photo provided by a member of the public)

(By Wang Shu-fen, Hsiao Po-yang, Kuo Chih-hsuan and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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