TAIPEI - 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.
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 in Dongshi District.
A 13-man team retrieved the trapped fishers from the sandbar 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 per cent capacity, the MOEA's Water Resources Agency reported.