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Default [SCMP] Two killed in flash floods as storms batter Taiwan


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At least two people have been killed and hundreds of flights disrupted
by torrential rain that has battered Taiwan since early Friday morning.

Northern and central Taiwan were hardest hit, with the storms bringing
traffic in many areas to a standstill and unleashing some of the worst
floods on the island in years.

The rain would continue until Monday and all residents on the island
should remain on high alert, weather authorities said.

The Central Emergency Operation Centre said a woman motorcyclist and a
man out for a walk were killed after they were swept away by floods in
New Taipei City. An elderly woman was missing after a flash flood hit
her farm in Keelung, northern Taiwan, on Friday, and five people were
injured by debris brought down by the storm.

Two dead, thousands evacuated as Super Typhoon Nepartak lashes Taiwan

Ten counties in northern and central Taiwan recorded more than 600mm of
rain by Saturday afternoon, officials said.

Aviation authorities said roughly 300 domestic and international
flights, including 18 to and from Hong Kong, were cancelled or delayed
by noon *on Saturday.

In Taoyuan, parts of Terminal 2 at the island’s main international
airport were again underwater after being flooded last year. The airport
was under knee-deep water inside and outside the terminals, and the main
access roads to the facility blocked last year when water surged in a
nearby river.

This time a leaking roof led to flooding in the Terminal 2 shopping area.

“The rain was so heavy that it couldn’t be drained away in time,”
Transport Minister Hochen Tan said.

An airport passenger said the soaked floors at the terminal were an
embarrassment for the island.

“The airport is the gateway to our country,” the passenger said.

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