Mudslide in Keelung destroys home

By Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with CNA

Sun, Sep 01, 2013 - Page 3

Mudslides and falling rocks in northern Taiwan were reported yesterday. There were no casualties.

According to the Keelung City Fire Department, a house near Bisha Harbor (碧砂港) on Keelung’s Beining Road was reported to have started to slant toward the main road after a mudslide around 4:30pm. Soon after, the entire house collapsed onto the road. Both female residents in the house were able to escape.

The bureau’s preliminary analysis on the cause of the mudslide was that the dirt on the hills overlooking the road had grown too soft with rain these past days and was unable to sustain the weight of the house, causing it to collapse.

Also on Beining Road, a large boulder yesterday crashed down onto the road going out of Keelung City toward New Taipei City’s (新北市) Ruifang District (瑞芳) narrowly missing a white sedan. The passing sedan had been pushed out of the way due to the mudslide. The driver was unhurt.

The heavy rain also caused flooding in several areas in Taipei, New Taipei City and Keelung yesterday. The Central Weather Bureau has warned of heavy to torrential rain along the northern coastal areas including Sanjhih (三芝), Shihmen (石門), Tamsui (淡水), Ruifang, Gongliao (貢寮) and Shuangsi (雙溪) districts in New Taipei City.