Heavy rain in central, south Taiwan expected to expand and intensify tomorrow

Heavy rain that has already caused rockfalls, mudslides, and flooding in central and southern districts of Taiwan today is just a prelude to what’s to come as a stationary front is expected to hover over the island from Tuesday to Thursday, according to weather forecasts. Rockfalls, landslides, floods, and road washouts have been reported in Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Changhua County, and Chiayi County as thunderstorms brought intense rain to areas that were already waterlogged in central and southern districts

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Kaohsiung floods, heavy rain warning for nine counties, more plum rain on the way

Level one flood warnings were issued for Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County this morning, heavy to extremely heavy rain warnings were issued for counties and cities in Taiwan’s central and southern districts, and a stationary front will bring possibly disaster-level rains starting Tuesday according to the Central Weather Bureau, today, Sunday, June 20. The Water Resources Department issued flood warnings for Kaohsiung City and Pingtung County early this morning as thunderstorms brought heavy rain causing accumulation of surface water in

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Hit and run murder, suicide, ends 20 year grudge in Yilan County

Police are investigating a fatal hit and run in Yilan County as a case of homicide after the suspect was found to have committed suicide, and evidence revealed a more than 20-year grudge between the two men over a marital affair. Police in Sanxing Township were called to the scene of a scooter accident on Zhongshan Road, Section 3, at around 8:00 am yesterday, June 18, to find a 63-year-old man named Zheng without vital signs. Zheng was rushed to

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Psychedelic mushroom farmer busted in Kaohsiung City

A man in Kaohsiung City was arrested after a police raid turned up the largest haul of psychedelic mushrooms in Taiwan’s history. The 33-year-old man, named Chen, became the focus of police attention after an investigation that began during a marijuana bust last year according to reports in Liberty Times and United Daily News today, June 18. An investigation by the Taichung District Prosecutor’s Office and Criminal Police Bureau began after three packs of psychedelic mushrooms weighing a total of

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Bail denied for soldier who shot ex-girlfriend dead in Chiayi County

The Chiayi District Prosecutor’s Office has ruled that a man who shot a woman dead in the street in front of her family’s home yesterday, June 16, shall be kept in detention while the case remains under investigation. According to the police investigation, the 23-year-old active-duty soldier, named Liang, took a bus from Taipei to Chiayi County’s rural Shuishang Township yesterday in an attempt to reconcile with a 22-year-old woman named Wang. Arriving at around 5:00 pm, Liang called on

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China sends record 28 military flights into Taiwan ADIZ in one day: a response to G7 summit statement?

The People’s Republic of China made 28 military aircraft incursions into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) today, June 15, a record number that follows an ‘unprecedented’ communique from the Group of Seven that highlighted the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait just two days ago. The G7 communique issued June 13 reiterated the importance of maintaining a free and open Indo Pacific, and mentioning Taiwan for the first time in the group’s history, stated “We underscore

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Fisheries chairman dead after being stung by fire ants in New Taipei City

The chairman of the Tamsui Fisheries Association of New Taipei City died after suffering suspected anaphylactic shock following an attack by red fire ants, Saturday, June 12. Zheng Kangzhong (鄭康忠), 48, was stung by the ants while on duty inspecting a road planning project at the Xiaguzi Fishing Port adjacent to the Port of Taipei, Saturday. Zheng suffered from itching and swelling after returning home, and was sent to the hospital after his symptoms worsened. Zheng was given first aid

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Man survives fall from 23rd floor in Taichung City

A man remained conscious after falling from the 23rd floor of a building and crashing through the roof of a neighbor’s shed this morning, June 14. Taichung City Fire Department received an emergency call at around 7:00 am from a resident who reported that a stranger had crashed through the roof of his backyard shed, and required an ambulance. Firefighter paramedics responding to the report found a man named Hsu, conscious and with a suspected broken limb. Hsu told the

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Man rescued after getting stuck hanging upside down from 4th floor window

A man in Keelung City was rescued by firefighters after his foot got stuck in a fourth floor apartment’s window bars, leaving him dangling precariously late last night, June 12. Mr Wang, who is said to be in his 50s, and was reported to be very drunk, first drew the attention of police after neighbors reported a disturbance on the roof of a five storey residential building in Xinfeng Street at around 11:00 pm. Police found that Mr Wang was

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Mission helps vulnerable families as COVID restrictions shut down jobs, schools

Press release by Mustard Seed Mission Taiwan has experienced a severe rise in COVID-19 cases since May and a nationwide level 3 COVID-19 alert has been extended to June 28th. Some industries have stopped work, and schools are closed. With a network of 9,000 community partners all over Taiwan, including caring stores and partner churches, the Mustard Seed Mission (MSM) has been providing assistance to vulnerable families and people in need by launching emergency relief funds, epidemic prevention kits, and

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Postman forks out NT$30,000 for his own gas mask for protection against COVID-19

Not satisfied with the protective capacity of a mere surgical mask, a postman spent NT$30,000 (US$1,085) to purchase a gas mask to protect himself and others against COVID-19, according to reports in China Times, and ET Today. The Chunghwa Post employee, who is unnamed in reports, but referred to by the pseudonym “Mr Postman,” drew the praises of thousands of readers after his story was posted to a Facebook breaking news group. The author of the Facebook post said that

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