By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Premier Lin Chuan paid an unexpected visit to the Central Weather Bureau
Saturday as floods and landslides hit the southern part of the country.
On the third day of the four-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday, southern regions such as Pingtung and Tainan suffered from torrential rain, while poor weather was also reported to play a part in holidaymakers returning home early, thus clogging up major roads in Yilan County and other areas.
Lin told weather forecasters that they should not only continue to monitor and publicize the current situation, but also keep an eye on a system lying between Taiwan and the Chinese island of Hainan which was expected to bring thunderstorms.
The bureau said that strong rain in the Tainan area had caused local flooding, though parts of Pingtung County also reported heavy rainfall. By 2 p.m. Saturday, amounts of rain from 268 to 318 millimeters had been registered in ten localities, all of them in Pingtung County, reports said. A bridge near the village of Dawu had been swept away, and about a hundred residents were cut off from the outside world, though they were safe for the time being, reports said. [FULL STORY]