Three die in flash flood, one missing

RIVERSIDE CAMP: As rescuers continued their search for a missing man, Taipower said that the floodgates at a hydro plant on the Lishi Creek opened due to a malfunction

Taipei Times
Date:  Sep 14, 2020
By: Tung Chen-kuo, Liu Pin-chuan
and William Hetherington / Staff reporters,
with staff writer

Rescuers yesterday search a riverbed in Nantou County’s Renai Township for missing campers who were swept away by a flash flood in the early hours of the day.
Photo courtesy of a reader

Three people have been confirmed dead and one was missing after being swept away by a flash flood while camping in Nantou County’s Renai Township (仁愛), police said yesterday.

Six people from two families were camping near Lishi Creek (栗栖溪) when the riverbanks were suddenly flooded just after 4am, carrying away four of the campers — including two children — who were asleep in their tents, police said.

A man who was among those swept away was able to climb ashore and call for help, police said, adding that another man had gone missing in the turmoil at the campsite.

A team comprised of search-and-rescue personnel from the Renai, Sinyi (信義) and Puli (埔里) townships was dispatched to find the four campers, the Nantou County Fire Department said yesterday.    [FULL  STORY]

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