EDIS Number: FF-20100627-26716-TWN
Date / time: 27/06/2010 12:50:14 [UTC]
Event: Flash Flood
Number of Deads: None or unknow
Number of Injured: None or unknow
Damage level: Minor
Train traffic between Taoyuan and the Taipei County town of Yingge was interrupted in both directions Sunday evening after heavy rain flooded the track, reports said. The Central Weather Bureau issued a torrential rain alert for parts of Taiwan north of Tainan, as well as for the northeast and the east coast. Forecasters warned that flooding was likely in low-lying areas, while mountain streams could grow bigger and faster in a short time. The Taiwan Railway Administration said it closed down the Taoyuan-Yingge line around 5 p.m. as the flood waters showed no signs of receding. More than an hour later, traffic resumed but trains were not allowed to exceed 40 kilometers per hour, officials said. Over six hours, more than 182 millimeters of rain fell in Emei Township in Hsinchu County, qualifying the place for torrential rain. Floods also made traffic difficult in Tucheng, Taipei County, reports said. In Taichung County, a truck carrying two people drove into a creek, according to media reports. The two were alive but efforts were on the way to rescue them, reports said. Forecasters said afternoon thunderstorms were likely to continue for most of the week, especially in mountainous areas all over Taiwan. In other areas, the likelihood of afternoon showers would decrease between Tuesday and Thursday but return before next weekend, the weather bureau said. Maximum temperatures would remain between 32 and 35 degrees centigrade islandwide, according to forecasters.
Situation Update No. 1 on 2010-06-28 at 03:12:41.
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