Tropical Storm Kong-Rey batters Taiwan
TAIPEI (AP) - Tropical Storm Kong-Rey battered Taiwan on Thursday, dumping more than 500 millimetres of rain on the heavily populated west coast and causing widespread flooding.
Kong-Rey skirted the island's east coast before heading north towards Japan. It is expected to fizzle out over the western Pacific without causing additional damage.
Particularly hard hit in Taiwan were the large west coast cities of Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung, where flooding in some areas reached second-storey levels. In Tainan, officials evacuated 29 residents from a nursing home and cancelled some train services.
There were no immediate reports of casualties from the storm.