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Rescue teams toil as Megi takes its toll

DEADLY DROP:A tour bus carrying Chinese tourists was found after plunging 100m down a ravine when it was hit by falling rocks on the Suhua Highway

Staff Writer, with agencies

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said the city’s Water Resources Office notified the media at about 5pm on Thursday that it would start closing the floodgates at 7pm and that it had completed the measures by 9pm.

He said the office did not give owners enough time to pick up their vehicles before the floodgates were closed because of the quickly rising water level of Keelung River.

The office said about 40 to 50 cars and scooters were submerged. Compensation would be paid as soon as possible, it said.

ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY LOA IOK-SIN AND MO YAN-CHIH

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