Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. Earth Science News .

Five dead, thousands evacuated as rain pounds Taiwan
by Staff Writers
Taipei (AFP) June 12, 2012

At least five people died after mudslides unleashed by torrential rains hit central Taiwan while thousands had to be evacuated island-wide, rescue officials said on Tuesday.

Amid forecasts of more rain, schools were suspended in several large cities, as Taiwan faced the most serious flooding since Typhoon Morakot lashed the island in 2009 triggering massive mudslides that killed more than 600 people.

Two people were killed and one was hurt when a makeshift shelter in a mountainous area of Nantou county was buried by mudslides, said the national fire agency, adding downpours also damaged roads and disrupted electricity.

Two men who worked for the forestry bureau in Taichung city were rushed to a clinic Monday with severe injuries caused when a mudslide crushed their office, but despite efforts to save them, they died later in the day, the agency said.

In Taoyuan county, one man drowned near a rice paddy while 20,000 chickens died when a farm was submerged by a flash flood, officials said.

Several corpses were seen floating in the water in northern Hsinchu county after a cemetery was partially damaged by floods, the United Evening News reported.

In Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second-largest city, in the south, more than 1,500 people were evacuated from mountain villages while the city government said it was planning to air-lift 500 more to safety.

Island-wide, more than 3,200 people were evacuated to safety, according to the government.

Massive flooding has been reported across the island since late Monday, with more than 700 millimetres of rain (27 inches) in some areas while the central weather bureau warned of more heavy rain this week.


Related Links
Weather News at

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

Filipinos rescued, hundreds more stranded by storm
Manila (AFP) June 2, 2012
Philippine emergency workers Saturday rescued 30 fishermen whose boat was left drifting in rough seas amid the country's first tropical storm of the year, which also left hundreds of travellers stranded. The fishermen's motorboat ran out of petrol off the coast of the country's easternmost island of Catanduanes on Friday while negotiating big waves and heavy rains triggered by storm Mawar. ... read more

Japan to develop drones to monitor radiation

Study predicts imminent irreversible planetary collapse

Japan agency sorry for comparing radiation to wife

Lithuania launches regional nuclear safety watchdog

New circuits work in high radiation levels

Apple maps a path to mobile throne

How does Dolomite form

Amazon offer Cloud Player app for iPhone

Environmentalists fear EU will fail to save its fish

Sea temperatures less sensitive to CO2 13 million years ago

China submersible to plumb new ocean depths

Geoengineering could disrupt rainfall patterns

NASA Discovers Unprecedented Blooms of Ocean Plant Life

Will The Ice Age Strike Back

Secure, sustainable funding for Indigenous participation in Arctic Council a key priority

Expedition studies acid impacts on Arctic

China threatened by farmland contamination

Low-carbon farming takes root in Brazil's Amazon

EU says deal with China key to fight fake wine

Plant research funding crucial for the future

More than 70 feared dead in Afghan quakes

Afghan quakes kill at least three: officials

Dozens in hospital after 6.0 quake hits near Turkish resort

US strips seaweed from Japanese tsunami wreck

Madagascan community sets example of saving environment

Botswana, climate and tourism

Contentious Angolan troops end Guinea-Bissau pullout

Carbon traders eye Mozambican stoves

How infectious disease may have shaped human origins

Homo heidelbergensis was only slightly taller than the Neanderthal

Fossil discovery sheds new light on evolutionary history of higher primates

Monkey lip smacks provide new insights into the evolution of human speech

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement