Taiwan avoids direct hit but Typhoon In-Fa brings heavy rain, landslides, rockfalls to mountain districts

The Water and Soil Conservation Bureau issued 72 red-alert warnings for landslides and rockfalls in northern districts of Taiwan as heavy rain generated by Typhoon In-Fa continues to inundate the area, Saturday, July 24. Heavy rain began to pound northern Taiwan from Wednesday evening as the tropical storm approached the area, only to stop and hover over the Yaeyama Islands for two days before finally moving away in a north-northwest direction. While the Central Weather Bureau lifted the sea warning

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Boulder flattens car and crashes into house in New Taipei City

A man was treated for bruising and fractured ribs after a boulder landed on his car then crashed into his house in Ruifang District, New Taipei City this evening, December 21. Mr Hsu, the owner of the car, and sheet-metal house, was indoors when the boulder suddenly fell from a slope above the property at around 7:00 pm. Fire Bureau paramedics gave Hsu first aid at the scene before sending him to Keelung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital. Heavy rain and

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One person slightly injured after boulder falls on car

A woman suffered a slight head injury today after a large rock fell onto a moving car on route 62 in Miaoli County today, partially destroying the car, and causing it to crash into the mountainside. A couple had visited a hot springs resort and were heading home in a small hatchback at around 5:00pm, when a rock hit the car’s left-rear, sending the car out of control. Firefighters who attended the crash provided first aid and sent the 44-year-old

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Heavy Rain Advisory, Flood Warning, and Rockfall Alerts issued for Northern Taiwan

[Picture: mud and rocks cover a road between Yangmingshan and Jinshan in New Taipei City. Picture: Jinshan Police Station.] The Central Weather Bureau this morning issued an extremely heavy rain advisory for northern districts, the Water Resources Department issued a level 1 flood warning for Keelung City, and flood-prone districts of Taipei City, and the Council of Agriculture issued mudslide and rockfall alerts for 6 townships and 30 villages. The CWB warning issued at 8:20am predicted extremely heavy torrential rain

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Three Injured After Boulder Falls on Car

Three people were injured, none seriously, after a large rock hit the roof of a car on the Central Cross Island Highway this afternoon, June 17. One of the injured was a baby girl. Shortly before 1:00pm, a rock estimated to weigh hundreds of kilograms fell from a slope above the highway on the Deji Reservoir section, and hit an SUV with 5 occupants. The 39 year-old driver was unscathed but his 34 year-old wife was trapped in the vehicle

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2 Year-old Killed by Falling Rock

A two year-old boy died in his grandmother’s arms after a basketball-sized rock smashed through the windshield of a car on Highway 7 in Ilan County yesterday. The Lin family were on their way home near Nanshan at around 11:00pm when the boulder hit the passenger-side windshield. Grandmother Lin was sitting in the front passenger seat holding her two year-old grandson at the time. The Lins drove to an ambulance station in Nanshan. The grandmother suffered injuries to her neck

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Three Injured by Falling Rocks on Cross-Island Highway

[Cover picture: United Daily News] A Japanese cyclist and a two women on a scooter were injured when rocks tumbled onto the Central Cross Island Highway in the vicinity of The Tunnel of Nine Turns in Hualian County today. Hiroyuki Shirai, 35, from Shizuoka Prefecture, was taken to hospital unconscious and suffering head injuries after being hit by the falling rocks. A 24 year-old woman and her mother, both from Taipei, were also sent to hospital with injuries described as

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Continuous Rain Causes Rockfalls and Traffic Hazards

Three days of continuous rain has resulted in rockfalls, road-blockages, and a spate of traffic accidents in Taiwan, Wednesday, November 23. On Provincial Highway 9(the Su-hua Highway), a 55 year-old woman was seriously injured in a traffic accident at around 10:00am. The woman was riding as a passenger on a scooter when it collided with a semi-trailer at the 116km mark. A series of rockfalls saw the road temporary blocked in several locations, as road crews rushed to clear debris.

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Rock-slide on Southern Cross-Island Highway

A rock-slide on the Southern Cross Island Highway this afternoon destroyed a rockfall-protection tunnel, and will probably delay re-opening of the road, after recent typhoon damage caused it to be closed to traffic. Road repair crews working in the tunnel managed to escape as falling rocks warned them of the impending disaster. The tunnel, located at the 184 kilometer mark at Liukuo Hot Springs in Taitung County, was due to be cleared by November. At around 3:00pm rocks began falling.

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