Heavy Rain Brings Flooding, Damage to Northern Taiwan

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Rain in Shimen. Photo courtesy Jinshan Police Department

Early morning storms wreaked havoc on northern Taiwan, with reports of flooding and damaged roads. In some parts of northern Taipei, including Shilin, Zhongshan and Neihu, rain fell at a rate of 40 mm per hour, UDN reported.

Roads in Tamsui District in New Taipei buckled and collapsed in some areas, with reports of significant damage on Xiagui Roushan (下圭柔山). Police were dispatched to direct traffic and repair crews have been called out, Apple Daily reported.

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Flooding in Keelung. Photo from Breaking News Community

The Water Resource Agency issued a flood warning for the northern district of Keelung. Users at Breaking News Community (爆料公社) uploaded images of the river overflowing into the road.

There have also been reports of flooding and landslides in Jinshan and Shimen districts, but no casualties were reported. Police have closed some roads in the area, including the Yehliu tunnel toward Jinshan and Sanjietan Rd. in Jinshan.

The Central Weather Bureau forecast more rain, which will be heavy at times, throughout the day. The bureau issued severe weather advisories for all of Taiwan, with northern New Taipei expected to experience the most severe storms.

There have been reports of flight delays and cancellations at Songshan Airport, with at least 33 flights affected, according to Apple Daily. At 10:13 this morning, all departing flights from Songshan were cancelled. Some flights were rerouted from Taoyuan and Songshan to Kaohsiung.

Taipei’s MRT said that it had implemented flood control measures and trains were operating on a normal schedule.

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