By: Chu Che-wei, Wang Shu-fen, Huang Li-yun, Chen Chih-chung and Elaine Hou
Taipei, June 3 (CNA) Casualties and damage were reported from around Taiwan as
torrential rain continued to batter the island Saturday, with agricultural losses reaching at least NT$21 million (US$714,100), according to government statistics.
As of 5 p.m., two people had been killed, five had been injured and one was still missing after heavy rain began to drench Taiwan a day earlier, the Central Emergency Operation Center said. A total of 15 others were stranded in a mountainous area of Miaoli County and awaiting rescue, it added.
The deaths were a woman in New Taipei’s Bali District and a man in the northern city’s Shimen District, both of whom were swept away by floodwater, while New Taipei and neighboring Keelung City reported five injuries amid the torrential rain, the center said. [FULL STORY]