Hsinchu, New Taipei get hit by heavy rainfall
The Central Weather Bureau issued a heavy rain warning on Sunday while some areas in Hsinchu County and New Taipei in Northern Taiwan were being battered by heavy rainfall after days of unremitting heat.
The bureau reminded people living in the northern half of Taiwan and mountainous areas in the east to be on alert of sudden heavy rains, lightning and strong gusts of wind.
According to the bureau’s monitoring data, as of 6:10 p.m., a weather monitoring station in Hsinchu County’s Jianshi Township and one on New Taipei’s Sanxia District had both recorded 87 millimeters of rainfall in the previous six hours.
In the capital Taipei, 55 mm of rain fell during the same period, and heavy rainfall was also recorded in mountainous areas of Nantou County in Central Taiwan and of Chiayi County and the Tainan and Kaohsiung areas in Southern Taiwan.
The rains caught 20 people having fun on a sandbar in New Taipei’s Wulai District by surprise, trapping them before city fire fighters helped the 12 adults and eight children to safety with a rope.
No one was injured in the incident.
The sudden rainfall also led to poor visibility on the country’s freeways and may have been behind an accident in a rain-affected part of New Taipei.
A six-vehicle pile-up, involving a public bus and five cars, occurred at the 32-kilometer mark on the northbound lane of National Freeway No. 1 at around 3 p.m.
Two people involved in the accident were rushed to nearby hospitals, according to the New Taipei Fire Department.
Under torrential downpour, twenty people became stuck on a sand dune in New Taipei City’s Red River Valley, Wulai District. City firefighters braved strong currents to set up ropes and managed to save all twenty.