Heavy rain hits southern Taiwan; evacuations in Kaohsiung

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/06/13
By Wang Shwu-fen, Tyson Lu, Chen Wei-ting, yang Sz-ruei and Evelyn

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) Heavy rain over the past few days has caused damage in several parts of the

Photo courtesy of the Directorate General of Highways

Photo courtesy of the Directorate General of Highways

country, with southern Taiwan bearing the brunt, local government officials reported Monday.

Kaohsiung City government ordered the evacuation of over 2,200 residents that day after days of heavy rain increased the risk of landslides in several mountainous areas, including 877 in Liugui, 737 in Taoyuan and 320 in Namasia districts, according to a city government spokesman.

In addition, the city’s Taoyuan (桃源) District announced school and office closures that afternoon because road connections were cut off to several areas of the district due to flooding on roads and bridges.

The city’s Agriculture Bureau has also decided to provide subsidies to plum growers in Taoyuan, who have incurred heavy agricultural losses as transportation of their crops has been affected at the peak harvest season, according to the spokesman.     [FULL  STORY]

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