A 15 year old girl survived a flash flood after a group of six people on a river tracing expedition were caught by a flash flood in the Pinglin District of New Taipei City yesterday.
The girl managed to survive by clinging to a piece of driftwood. She spent the night resting on a rock. At dawn, the river level had fallen enough for her to wade to shore, where she approached the home of a resident, who called authorities.
The group of six females were tracing the Tainiuliao River when afternoon storms and torrential rain caused the water level to rise suddenly. Three women in their forties were found dead later in the day, while the body of a 13 year-old girl was found this morning a couple of hundred meters from the spot where the 15 year-old had spent the night. One person is still missing.
Operators of the company that organized the river tracing trip were taken in for questioning after leading the group despite severe weather warnings issued by the Central Weather Bureau.
Torrential rains brought by the summer monsoon, which the Chinese call ‘Plum Rain’, have caused havoc in Taiwan, including recent flooding at Taipei Taoyuan International Airport.
Yesterday, the rain caused a spate of accidents on the highways as well as rockfalls on several mountain roads.