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Torrential rains flood Yilan towns

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Torrential rains in Yilan County yesterday caused flooding and mudslides that disrupted traffic on a highway in the area and prompted an evacuation in one township.

The hardest-hit area was the township of Dongshan (冬山) where many homes were inundated by floodwaters when a levee broke along a stream.

The Council of Agriculture yesterday issued warnings for potential mudslides in Yilan and Hualien counties, notifying local governments to ask residents at risk to evacuate if necessary.

Heavy rainfall caused flooding in several areas and the council placed 67 streams on “yellow” alert at 3pm yesterday, increasing the number to 126 at 5pm, with 19 on “red alert” at 8pm. The potential mudslide areas were Sansing Township (三星), Datong ­Township (大同), Dongshan Township, Nanao Township (南澳), Yuanshan Township (員山), Su-ao Township (蘇澳) and Hualien County’s Sioulin Township (秀林).

Affected by an increase in convective cloud clusters from midnight to noon yesterday, the rainfall in Yilan had reached an accumulated 367mm. The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday noon issued further heavy rain warnings for residents in Yilan and Hualien.

The council asked local governments to stay on heightened alert in preparation for evacuating local residents.

In related news, an earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck southern Taiwan at 2:42pm yesterday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

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