Torrential rainfall brings gov’t office closures, evacuations

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 2017-06-03

Severe weather Saturday has seen two counties in central Taiwan close government

A stretch of road in a mountainous part of Kaohsiung washed out Saturday amid severe weather. (Photo Courtesy Directorate General of Highways) (CNA)

offices and two southern cities evacuate residents of mountainous districts.

Yunlin and Nantou Counties in central Taiwan announced the closure of government offices amid torrential rainfall. The Central News Agency reports that private companies in these two counties were also expected to remain closed Saturday.

Further to the south, the cities of Kaohsiung and Tainan announced the evacuation of residents from several mountainous areas prone to flooding and mudslides. Though the more densely populated coastal areas of these cities have been largely unaffected by the recent weather, the mountains inland have seen heavy downpours and mudslide warnings.

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