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 for Typhoon In-Fa at 11:30 am this morning, based on the wind and rain data of the CWB, the Bureau of Soil and Water Conservation issued 72 soil and rock flow red alerts for 23 villages and 6 townships in Hsinchu County, Taoyuan City, and New Taipei City. In addition, 45 yellow-alert warnings were issued in the same counties and cities.

Hsinchu County

Multiple landslides blocked parts of route 122 in Hsinchu County’s Wufeng Township this morning. While road blockages at the 34, 37, 42.5, and 42.8 kilometer marks were quickly dealt with and cleared, a larger landslip has almost completely blocked the road at the 31.5 kilometer mark. According to the Wufeng Township office only scooters can get through.

Debris flow blocks road (route 60) in Jianshi Township, Hsinchu County.

New Taipei City

The New Taipei City Fire Department said as of 10:00 am today it has received 83 reports related to the weather including 8 cases of flooding, 52 cases of tree falls, five cases of electric wire falls, one utility pole down, two traffic signs damaged, one damaged road, a damaged bridge, power outages, landslides and other incidents.

The outer wall of an unoccupied house in Sanchong District collapsed. (Picture: New Taipei City Fire Department).

Miaoli County

In Miaoli County a 44-year-old woman narrowly escaped serious injury when part of a tree trunk speared the front windshield of her car on the Wuhu Village section of route 119 yesterday afternoon.

Ms Wu suffered minor abrasions but was otherwise unharmed.

tree trunk pierced windshield
rockfall on highway
Route 62 in Miaoli County in Tai’an Township. (Picture: Tai’an Township Office).

Yilan County

treefall on road
Route 51, Datong Township, Yilan County.
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