Downpours wreak havoc in Taiwan

China | 22 May 2020 1:59 pm

Torrential downpours have caused power cuts and road damage in parts of Taiwan, local governments reported today, 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 in the morning, but the power was restored in phases before noon, CNA reports.

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

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

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

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