Rain wreaks havoc across Taiwan, Keelung rocked

Rain wreaks havoc across Taiwan, Keelung rocked

TAIPEI - Heavy rain wreaked havoc in many parts of Taiwan yesterday, hitting Keelung particularly hard in the north, and forcing the southern city of Tainan to suspend school and work for the evening.

The government issued flood warnings for Keelung, New Taipei, Tainan and Kaohsiung, but so far no casualties were reported in the four cities.

President Ma Ying-jeou attended a flood-related emergency meeting at the Water Resources Agency yesterday evening.

Keelung's railway station was flooded, disrupting train traffic in northern areas. But services returned to normal at about 4:20 p.m.

Many other parts of the northern port city, including the popular Miaokou night market and some of its major roads, were also submerged in water as high as 20 cm, the Central News Agency reported.

A house standing on a slope near Bisha Fishing Port in Zhongshan District collapsed in a mudslide. Two women were inside, but managed to escape unharmed.

The owner of the house said she had been living there for more than 30 years, but had never seen any disaster like that before.

She said she was sad to see the house gone but was relieved that the two women - who are her daughters - were safe.

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