Torrential Rains Trigger Flooding, Mudslides in Taiwan

Rescuers on Sunday used helicopters to evacuate hundreds of people from mountains in central and southern Taiwan as days of torrential rain triggered massive landslides and flooding that submerged roads, police said.

About 200 tourists and residents were airlifted from the scenic Dongpu Springs Resort in Nantou County and resettled in hostels, police said.

Another 400 were waiting to be evacuated from mountains in Taichung and Chiayi counties, they said.

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On Saturday, a train crashed into a pile of mud and rocks that buried part of the rail track in central Miaoli County, but no serious injuries were reported.

Police said one man was swept away by a raging river in Taipei county on Saturday.

Flash floods also eroded the bases of dozens of houses in several counties, but the residents were evacuated in time, police said.

The Central Weather Bureau said rain had subsided in southern Taiwan late Sunday but warned of heavy rains in northern Taiwan in the next two days.

Intensive farming and housing have contributed to soil erosion in mountainous regions in Taiwan, leaving them prone to mudslides.