Flash Floods in Southern Taiwan After 30cm of Rain in 12 Hours


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High levels of rainfall were seen in parts of southern Taiwan between 09 and 13 August, resulting in flooding in the areas of Pingtung County, Greater Tainan and Greater Kaohsiung.

Floods in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, August 2014. Photo: Sharma Pratyush / twitter
Floods in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, August 2014. Photo: Sharma Pratyush / twitter

Flood water stood at almost 1 metre in some areas of Tainan. worst affected appear to have been the Guiren, Rende, Yongkang and Anding districts. Transport has been badly affected with many roads blocked and vehicles stranded in the flood water. Railway tracks across the region have been flooded and many schools closed in the region. Around 70 people have been evacuated in Tainan as a precaution. The flooding was so bad that the local government of Tainan decided it would be easier to shut their offices and give employees a day off.

The worst of the rain fell in a 12 hour period up to 13:00 hrs / 1pm on Tuesday 12 August. According to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau, the rainfall figures are as follows:

Tainan

  • Sigang – 318 mm
  • Anding – 313 mm

Pingtung County

  • Liouciou – 302 mm

Kaohsiung

  • Dashe – 249 mm
  • Renwu – 239 mm
  • Hunei – 238 mm

Further torrential rainfall is expected over the next 24 hours.

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Kaohsiung is the location of the recent gas pipeline explosions that killed 30 and injured 310 on 31 July and 2 August. The site of the explosions now resembles a river. The explosions damaged the city’s sewer and drainage system, leaving it unable to cope with the massive amounts of rain.