Two dead, two missing after “abnormal” water release at Taipower dam floods campsite

Search and rescue personnel found two bodies and are searching for two missing people, after five members of a camping group were washed away by a flash flood caused by an accidental release of water from a dam in Nantou County this morning, September 13. Staff at Taipower’s Daguan Power Plant said that a sluice gate on the Wujie Dam automatically opened at 4:12 pm for an unknown reason. Staff noticed the abnormality shortly after 5:00 am, and closed the

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Biggest marijuana plantation in Taiwan’s history busted in Nantou County

Taichung City Police Department announced today that it had seized at total of 1,361 cannabis plants in what is considered to be the largest marijuana growing operation uncovered in the history of Taiwan law enforcement. According to police report, an investigation began in July this year after a dealer was arrested in Taichung City. Police investigators traced the source of the cannabis up several levels, implicating dealers in Kaohsiung City, and eventually leading to a suspect named Liu in Nantou

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Canadian student injured in bicycle fall at Sun Moon Lake

A female Canadian exchange student was rescued by firefighters after crashing down a 9 meter slope on a mountain road near Sun Moon Lake yesterday, May 9. The 20-year-old woman was riding with friends on rented bikes, when she left the road on a downhill curve and plummeted onto a concrete pump station platform, according to reports in Liberty Times, and United Daily News. Firefighters found the woman to be conscious but covered in bruises and lacerations to her face

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Junior high student dies after schoolmate throws knife

A junior high school student in Nantou County bled to death after a classmate threw a craft knife at him during an altercation, yesterday, March 20. Two male students, named Lee and Liu had just finished school, and were buying drinks at a tea stand in Shuili Township, when one of the students called the other by an offensive nickname, according to reports in United Daily News and China Times. In the ensuing altercation, Liu pulled out a craft knife

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Banana man outshines competition at Nantou County lantern festival

A 10-meter-tall rotating, singing rat that takes selfies complete with flashes and clicks every thirty minutes is the official central attraction at the Nantou Lantern Festival this year, but a lantern named “Banana Brother” is proving to be one of the most outstanding exhibits. The festival kicked off on January 18, spanning the Lunar New Year holidays, and running until February 9. Divided into 15 themed subject areas, the lanterns are arranged to illuminate various aspects of Nantou County, its

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Little girl found alive two hours after truck plunges into ravine, one dead, driver drunk

Firefighters pulled two men out of a wrecked truck, after it left the road and plunged 50 meters down a mountainside in Nantou County yesterday, while other rescue personnel searched for a 6-year-old girl who had fallen out of the vehicle. Witnesses called emergency services after seeing a loaded truck speeding downhill, then crashing through a guardrail on a bend at the 2 kilometer mark of the Hehuan Mountain section of Highway 14 at around 5:10 pm, Saturday, December 7.

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Gunman believed to have killed himself after cops block escape

A man is suspected to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot after a 4 hour chase ended with his car surrounded in Nantou County last night, July 28. At around 6:00pm yesterday, a man driving a white Mercedes Benz SUV pulled up outside a residence in Xinping Street, Taiping District, Taichung City, and fired three shots at the garage door. Police investigating the incident identified the driver of the car as a 32-year-old man named Lai, with previous convictions for

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Bus driver to face small fine after dangerous overtaking maneuver

The driver of a tour bus will face a fine of between NT$600 and NT$1,800 (US$16 – US$58), after a overtaking over double-yellow lines on a blind bend in a mountain district of Nantou County two days ago. The driver, who caught the act on dash-cam, was forced to brake hard, and swerve her car into the guardrail to avoid a head-on collision with the tour bus. Shortly before 2:00pm on Wednesday, April 3, Ms Zhong was driving on Provincial

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Woman Hospitalized after being Mauled by Dogs

A woman is recovering in hospital after a vicious attack by a pack of dogs in Caotun Township, Nantou County, yesterday, November 8. The 67 year-old woman, named Lee, was riding a scooter on a road in an industrial area when a pack of dogs attacked her, dragging her off the scooter and mauling her head and limbs. Most media reports say that 6 dogs were involved in the attack, but video evidence has since emerged showing that only 3

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Runaway Truck Leaves Trail of Destruction in Nantou City

Seven people were injured, one critically, after a truck loaded with bricks lost brakes and barreled downhill into traffic stopped at an intersection in Nantou City this evening, September 14. A total of 18 vehicles were damaged or destroyed, according to Apple Daily, after the truck left a trail of destruction for a length of more than 300 meters. At around 5:40pm, the flatbed semi-trailer fully loaded with pallets of bricks estimated to weigh 20 to 30 tons, according to

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Armed Robber Arrested at Taoyuan Airport

A man who robbed a post office at gunpoint in Nantou County yesterday was arrested at Taoyuan International Airport this morning, August 18. Friday, August 17, at around 4:15pm, a man wearing camouflage pants, a plain t-shirt, a cap, and a surgical mask, entered a small post office in a rural area of Lugu Township. The man pointed a handgun at a teller, and demanded the contents of the cash draw. The nervous teller handed over bundles of cash totaling

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