Mon, May 02, 2005 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan Quick Take

STAFF WRITER

■ Weather
Plum rains to start

Though the temperature reached 37.9 degrees Celsius at Taitung County's Ta Wu Mountain (大武山) yesterday, the annual plum rain season is expected to begin in Taiwan today. The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said yesterday the chance of rain was high islandwide in the coming week. The chance of showers or scattered rain in northern Taiwan is 80 percent, and 60 percent in central Taiwan. Mountainous areas in southern Taiwan will see torrential rain, the CWB said.

■ Traffic

Tour bus crash kills four

A road accident in Miaoli County left four passengers dead and several other injured. A tour bus with 29 passengers, all staff members of Kaohsiung's Hsiung Ling Construction Company (雄菱工程公司), was on a tour in Miaoli. The bus reportedly fell into a valley near Miaoli's Shishan Farm (獅山農場) yesterday at around 5:20pm. Rescuers managed to get 27 people out of the bus, while two passengers were still stuck in the wreckage as of press time last night.

■ China relations

New Party China-bound

New Party Chairman Yok Mu-ming (郁慕明) said yesterday that the party will also dispatch a delegation to visit China following Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman Lien Chan's (連戰) ongoing China visit and People First Party Chairman James Soong's (宋楚瑜) upcoming trip on May 5. According to Yok, the New Party's planned trip will take place either this month or next. Yok and his daughter Yok Cheng-yi (郁正儀) appeared in Shanghai's Shangri-la Hotel yesterday to receive Lien.

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