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Taiwan Taoyuan airport floods again after downpours

By Jason Pan  /  Staff writer

Heavy rain on Thursday led to flooding at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport’s baggage sorting depot and a parking lot at Terminal 2.

Many passengers and workers were seen wading through water about 10cm deep at Terminal 2, while its underground level had floodwaters rising to 20cm.

“This is just unbelievable; the airport is flooded once again,” one passenger said. “This is Taiwan’s front door to international visitors. They will think badly of our public construction.”

Another asked: “Why can’t these problems be fixed, despite the airport spending so much money on repairs and maintenance?”

It was reported that the airport’s sewer system could not cope with the heavy flow of water, which backed up into Terminal 2. Workers used buckets and pumps to discharge the water, while piling sandbags around to prevent further inundation.

In recent weeks, problems have plagued the airport, with interior flooding, roof leaks and a burst washroom pipe dumping sewage into the passenger area.

These have led to criticism that the airport, after NT$2 billion (US$66.4 million) renovations in 2012, has turned into a national disgrace, along with accusations of shoddy maintenance, corruption and inept management by the airport authority.

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