Down­pour de­lays 17 flights, af­fects over 2,000 pas­sen­gers

The China Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY ENRU LIN

A heavy down­pour dis­rupted 17 flights yesterday at the Tai­wan Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port (

), de­lay­ing over 2,000 pas­sen­gers and forc­ing a flight to re­turn to Wen­zhou ( ), China, air­port author­i­ties said.

Air­port author­i­ties sus­pended ground oper­a­tions from 4:55 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. due to tor­ren­tial rain, which flooded parts of air­port aprons in­clud­ing sec­tions for do­mes­tic com­mer­cial flights.

De­lays af­fected a to­tal of 17 flights and over 2,000 pas­sen­gers, air­port of­fi­cials said.

Two flights were redi­rected to the Kaoh­si­ung In­ter­na­tional Air­port and one Air China ( ) flight from Wen­zhou was forced to head back when it was un­able to land.

The Tai­wan Taoyuan In­ter­na­tional Air­port lifted weather warn­ings and re­sumed nor­mal oper­a­tions at 6:30 p.m.

Stranded An­glers

Heavy rain hit most parts of north of Greater Tainan, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­tral Weather Bureau (

). In Greater Taichung, tor­ren­tial rains trapped two recre­ational fish­ers on a sand­bar in the Da­jia River ( ).

Dur­ing the af­ter­noon down­pour, the Fire Bureau of Taichung City Gov­ern­ment ( ) re­ceived an alert that two sport fish­ers were stranded on a river sand­bar along the No. 8 Pro­vin­cial High­way ( 8 ) in Dong­shi Dis­trict ( ).

A 13-man team re­trieved the trapped fish­ers from the sand- bar dur­ing a one-hour op­er­a­tion. There were no in­juries, ac­cord­ing to ini­tial re­ports.

1.5 Frogs at Sun Moon Lake At Sun Moon Lake ( ) in Nan­tou County, the down­pour sub­merged a lakeside board­walk and lifted the wa­ter level to 748.12 me­ters, ac­cord­ing to the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs (MOEA, ).

The “nine-frog stack” ( ), a statue em­bed­ded in Sun Moon Lake that pro­vides a vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the wa­ter level, showed one and a half frogs.

When wa­ter reaches the top frog in the stack of nine, Sun Moon Lake’s wa­ter level is at 748.48 me­ters.

As of yesterday, the wa­ter level was at 748.12 me­ters, or 97.75 per­cent ca­pac­ity, the MOEA’s Wa­ter Re­sources Agency ( ) re­ported.


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