New Taipei bars river tracing in downpours

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/06/10
By: Sunrise Huang and Frances Huang

Taipei, June 10 (CAN) The New Taipei Fire Department said Friday that river tracing activities in the 201606100019t0001city’s mountainous areas will be barred when downpours of 30mm per hour or more hit those regions.

The department said the precautionary measure has been taken after a river tracing accident took place in New Taipei’s Pinglin District on Sunday, leading to the deaths of five people.

The unstable weather northern Taiwan has faced recently is likely to continue in the coming days because of strong weather front from the southwest, the department said, which could make river tracing activities dangerous.

The department said that if rainfall of 30mm an hour or more hits northern Taiwan, people will be barred from river trekking activities in the mountainous areas of the city’s Pinglin, Sanxia, Wulai and Xindian districts.     [FULL  STORY]

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