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Taitung gov't blamed for Hong Yeh landslide
A lawmaker Friday blamed the Taitung government's "overdevelopment" for a Typhoon Meranti-triggered landslide that buried much of a village famous for its role in the development of baseball in Taiwan.
 
Some 700 kilograms of trash and kitchen waste was removed last week from an area near the Siangyang Cabin on the Jiaming Lake trail in Taitung County, one of the main habitats of the Formosan black bear, the cleanup organizers said Sunday.
 
Taitung County and regions south of Chiayi are expected to experience prolonged rainfall Tuesday, with heavy downpours likely in certain areas, due to strengthened southwesterly winds and a moist low-pressure system moving north from the Bashi Channel, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB, 中央氣象局) said.
 
Government urged to enforce Indigenous Peoples Basic Law
"Some things, once lost cannot be returned. Is it worth destroying millions of years of natural environment and tribal village culture to build a hotel?" the film director Cheng Yu-chieh (鄭有傑) once remarked when asked about the costs of tourist developments on aboriginal land.
 
Late bloomer
Beautiful orange daylily flowers will remain in place in a field in Taimali Township of Taitung County, eastern Taiwan through the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival that will fall on Sept. 15, as the blossom season of the flower this year comes half a month late due to a warm winter seen last year.
 
Queen of accuracy
A woman competitor from Thailand in the Paragliding Accuracy World Cup lands right on the designated spot in Luye, Taitung on Sunday, Aug. 14. Nunnapat Phuchong received the top score in Sunday's event. She was hailed as great in the sport in Thailand. Up to 71 contestants hailing from all over the world competed in the World Cup's last stop Taiwan Station Sunday.
 
Forestry Bureau pours cold water on worries
A landslide dam is shown here on the upstream of Mawuku Stream, located in Taitung County, in this photo provided by the Forestry Bureau (林務局) on Tuesday, Aug. 2. As of press time, the barrier lake surface area was measured at around 1 hectare, a situation that worried some 1,000 households in the downstream area. Bureau authorities said that water was already draining out from the lake and denied that locals were in immediate danger.
 
Rare sight off Taitung coast
A waterspout forms off the coast of Taitung on Monday, Aug. 1. The rare scene occurred in the early morning. A driver traveling on the South-Link Highway said the vortex was very close to the road and lasted for at least four minutes. The waterspout is connected to a towering cumuliform cloud or a cumulonimbus cloud. It is often weaker than most of its counterparts on land.
 
Sneaky snake
Two men hold a 2.6-meter-long Burmese python captured in a house in Taitung yesterday. The owner of the place recently found two chickens missing from the hen house and thought it was the work of burglars.
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Feeling stumped
A man walks by a toppled tree in Taitung on Thursday, July 14.
 
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