Extremely heavy rain warning issued for New Taipei City: Kaohsiung prepares for disaster level rain

Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau issued an extremely heavy rain warning for New Taipei City, parts of Hualien County, and Pingtung County this afternoon, and the Kaohsiung City Government opened the Disaster Response Center in preparation for catastrophic level rain forecast for this weekend. Some areas of New Taipei City and Taoyuan City experienced sporadic, localized flooding during torrential downpours this afternoon as a band of thunderstorms swept over the area at around 2:00 pm. Taoyuan City’s Guishan District saw rain

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10-vehicle expressway pile-up leaves 1 dead, 2 injured in New Taipei City

One man died, and two people suffered minor injuries after 10 vehicles were involved in a crash on Provincial Highway 64 in New Taipei City this morning, July 14. Police and fire fighters responded to reports of the pile-up at around 10:45 am in the westbound lanes at the Bali Interchange ramp. According to reports, two gravel trucks, 5 other trucks, and three passenger vehicles were involved in the crash. Two people suffered minor injuries. A man named Hsu suffered

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Italian man loses appeal in attempted armed robbery case

An Italian national who was sentenced to two years in prison for attempting to rob a convenience store in New Taipei City last year lost his appeal to the Supreme Court and will serve the full term before being deported, according to United Daily News. Bruno Giuliano Maicol, aged in his 30s, was sentenced in November 2020 after being found guilty of an attempted armed robbery in which he held a pair of scissors to a female convenience store clerk’s

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Drunk driver runs red, injures 4 on pedestrian crossing

Four people were injured, two seriously, after a driver ran a red light and plowed into pedestrians crossing the road outside the Jingan Metro Station in New Taipei City’s Zhonghe District this evening, July 1. According to SETN, a 51-year-old male named Huang, driving a Mitsubishi sedan, hit one man and four women on the zebra crossing at around 7:30 pm. Huang was tested for alcohol and found to have a BrAC of 0.89 mg/l, more than three times the

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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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Lamborghini driver crashes, flees, and sends a woman to act as fall guy

The driver of a Lamborghini Huracan fled the scene of an accident on an expressway in New Taipei City, and sent a woman to pretend she was the driver this morning, June 7. Police and firefighters received reports of a crashed sports car on the Banqiao Minsheng Road exit of Provincial Highway 64 shortly after 4:00 am to find an abandoned Lamborghini Huracan V10 Coupe that had crashed into a traffic divider. The front of the car was damaged, and

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Northern Taiwan pelted with rain: flood warnings issued for Greater Taipei

Torrential rain caused by a confluence of a rainy season front and peripheral circulation from a tropical storm has caused flooding in parts of Taipei City and New Taipei City this afternoon, Friday, June 4. The Central Weather Bureau issued a severe thunderstorm warning and extremely heavy rain warning for Taipei City, New Taipei City and Keelung City this afternoon, warning residents of Greater Taipei an surrounding mountain districts to be careful of instantaneous heavy rainfall which may “cause disasters.”

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20th Century pizza bandit stages brief comeback: arrested in just 30 hours

After a 21-year hiatus, a man who served time for a spate of pizza shop robberies between 1998 and 2000 robbed a pizza outlet in New Taipei City yesterday, but was arrested this afternoon, June 1. At around 9:00 am Monday, May 31, a man wearing a peaked cap, and a surgical mask walked into a Domino’s Pizza outlet on Zhongzheng Road in Hsintien District, and demanded to talk to the manager on the pretext that he had a traffic

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COVID patient stabs 3 nurses in New Taipei City hospital

A man confined to a negative pressure isolation unit in a hospital in Zhonghe District, New Taipei City, stabbed three nurses with a knife after becoming emotionally unstable this morning. According to an SETN report, at around 7:20 am, a 62-year-old man named Hong became dissatisfied with being unattended in the isolation unit on the 11th floor of Taipei Medical University Shuangho Hospital, and attempted to leave. When nurses attempted to prevent him from leaving, he became angry and slashed

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Concerned citizen calls 119 on sunbathing woman

A woman sunbathing outside a sports stadium in New Taipei City was apparently misidentified as an accident victim, after a concerned member of the public witnessed her lying in the sun while not wearing a surgical mask yesterday, May 20. The New Taipei City Fire Department received a report at 8:00 am that a woman was lying on the ground and not wearing a mask on the terraced steps outside the Xinzhuang Gymnasium. Paramedics rushed to the scene dressed in

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Supermarket shelves emptied of epidemic survival products as residents fear possible lockdown

People rushed to supermarkets this evening, Wednesday, May 12, to stock up on supplies of products such as instant noodles, toilet paper, and disinfectant alcohol after the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) raised the epidemic alert warning to Level 2, and the mayor of New Taipei City hinted that a city-wide lockdown could happen. CECC Director Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) told the media this morning that Taiwan could soon be under an epidemic warning Level 3, after 16 cases tested positive

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