Taiwan hit by deadly floods

Thursday 14th Jun 2012 by theWeather Club

At least six people have been killed after flooding hit Taiwan. Torrential rain brought floods to counties in numerous parts of the country, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Taiwan's Central Emergency Operation Centre said more than 7,000 people were moved, with the help of the military, according to Reuters news agency. The flooding caused landslides, as well as power cuts and water shortages to tens of thousands of homes. A total of 124 schools were affected by the torrential rain, most of which were in Kaohsiung and Taina.

The emergency centre said flooding had caused power cuts to more than 87,000 homes and water shortages to 12,000. While it was reported that six people had died, a further two were said to be missing. The Associated Press said two people had been killed in a makeshift shelter in a landslide in Taichung, while two more were killed in landslide in Nantou county.

Industrial parks in Taoyuan County were also affected by the floods, with Gueishan Industrial Park being the worst hit. Meanwhile, 43 manufacturers in the county have suffered total losses of NT$220 million. Reuters said the agricultural loss to the country had been estimated at more than £3.69m which is a devastating blow to the area, but Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou has been quoted as saying those who have suffered losses would be compensated.

According to the Taipei Times, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defence has more than 47,000 personnel ready for relief assistance. It says that 411 rivers across the country had been placed on red alert for mud flows with a further 416 on yellow alert.