Torrential rain floods northern areas

TRANSPORT INTERRUPTIONS:Operations were suspended at Songshan airport for more than two hours, while mudslides caused closures on Provincial Highway No. 2

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 03, 2017
By: Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNA

A hovering front and southwesterly airstream yesterday dropped more than 600mm

Water streams down the stairs leading to the National Palace Museum in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Courtesy of a reader

of rain over a few hours in the nation’s northern coastal regions, killing one person and injuring five as of 8pm, authorities said.

The New Taipei City Fire Department said the torrential downpour caused 12 roads in the city to be closed, as well as schools and businesses in Bali (八里), Jinshan (金山), Sanjhih (三芝), Shihmen (石門), Tamsui (淡水) and Wanli (萬里) districts, adding that 256 people were evacuated and 156 were displaced.

New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) and New Taipei City Department of Social Affairs Director Chang Chin-li (張錦麗) visited Mackay Memorial Hospital in Tamsui to offer their condolences to the family of the deceased.

Chu said he would authorize district and school administrators to decide when to reopen after assessing the situation.    [FULL  STORY]

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