Hs­inchu, New Taipei get hit by heavy rain­fall

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

CNA

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.

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