More than 2,000 people evacuated as heavy rain hits southern Taiwan: Report

Passengers push their luggages past a traffic jam after heavy rains caused flooding at Taoyuan International Airport, on June 2, 2016.
Passengers push their luggages past a traffic jam after heavy rains caused flooding at Taoyuan International Airport, on June 2, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI - More than 2,200 people have been evacuated in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung over fears of landslides following days of heavy rain, the semi-official Central News Agency reported on Monday (June 13).

The city's Taoyuan District also closed school and offices on Monday afternoon after roads were cut off by flooding on roads and bridges, the report said, citing a city hall spokesman.

Southern Taiwan has bore the brunt of torrential downpour across the island.

Rain fell almost continuously in the eastern county of Taitung during the just-ended Dragon Boat Festival, causing the collapse of mature rice plants in some areas, the report said.

And several districts across Taiwan experience rainfall in excess of 200mm within 24 hours as of late afternoon Monday, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

Baihe Reservoir, which is used mainly for irrigation of farmland in the southern Tainan county, had reached 99.9 per cent of its full capacity as of 11 am Monday, the news report said.