The Central Weather Bureau warned yesterday that the weather will be unstable nationwide in coming days, with heavy rain expected to last until tomorrow at least. \nPeople living along the western half of Taiwan were urged to be alert to flood damage. \nThe bureau said that people in mountainous areas in the northeast in particular should watch out for mudslides and falling rocks. \nThe bureau said 22 locations suffered heavy rain yesterday, with Fulung in Taipei County recording the highest rainfall. \nBecause of heavy rain over the past few days, a segment of Chungshan Road in Chungho, Taipei County, sank between 1m and 2m yesterday morning. \nIt was estimated that a 28m segment of the road collapsed, fracturing water and gas pipes buried underneath. \n"I could smell the gas coming out of the pipes," one resident said. "The situation was really dangerous, so I rushed to wake up other residents in the building and then got out." \nThe Taipei County fire department evacuated a total of 24 households from the five apartment buildings at the scene. \nOf the 76 residents evacuated, 63 are staying at a motel in neighboring Yungho. \nIn Yunlin County, heavy rains have triggered a series of landslips in Linnei Township's Pingting Village since Thursday night. \nThe Yunlin County Government established an emergency center, which evacuated about 70 people later that night, although some were unwilling to leave. \nThey were moved to a shelter at the Linnei Township farmers' association. \nSome experts from the 921 Earthquake reconstruction committee also inspected the scene. \nThe center will decide whether it is safe for the residents to return after its investigation is completed on Wednesday.
FATAL FIRE: The health department is trying to contact the inspector who visited the site of the illegal nursing home to ask why they did not advise follow-up checks The Taipei City Government yesterday said that a health department inspector last year had visited the site of a long-term care facility in Neihu District (內湖) after receiving a report questioning its status. A fire broke out at the facility on Tuesday afternoon, killing three people. The Taipei Fire Department said that it received a report about a fire on the first floor of a four-story residential building on Kangning Road Sec. 1 at 2:38pm on Tuesday, firefighters arrived at 2:43pm and the fire was put out by 3:07pm. The firefighters found three men in beds and rushed them to hospital for
Taipei City Councilor Wang Hao (王浩) of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Monday called for security improvements to the MRT, as fare evasion has increased more than 13-fold on the metropolitan railway system over the past five years. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) has spoken out against fare evasion and other contraventions of MRT regulations, but since he took office in 2015 the number of contraventions has more than doubled, Wang said, adding that there were 537 cases in 2015 compared with 959 last year. A video was posted to YouTube in June showing people how to evade paying a fare,
FEELING MISUNDERSTOOD: Media speculation has fueled confusion about the KMT’s reasons for skipping a Chinese forum and delaying an AIT meeting, party sources said The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) on Sunday said that it is not seeking to improve relations with the US or China at the expense of the other, and that its relations with the countries would be topic-based. The party has faced questions over its foreign policy after it on Monday last week announced its withdrawal from the annual Straits Forum and delayed planned talks with the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). The party has also taken a tough stance on the importation of US meat containing ractopamine, while also lambasting China for increasing its military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait. Following
Yuchi Township (魚池) fishers have appealed to the Nantou County Government for help in dealing with an invasive fish species in Sun Moon Lake (日月潭), where it has devastated the local ecosystem. Fishers at Sun Moon Lake have been using electrofishing in an attempt to eliminate the giant snakehead fish — found in Africa and Southeast Asia — but they have struggled to keep up with the growing population of the species, which breeds during September and October, the county government said on Monday. The county has contacted researchers at National Tsing Hua University, saying it hoped they could come up