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CWB forecasts more torrential rain

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) has forecast that torrential rain will continue Thursday in southern Taiwan, where vast areas have been saturated by downpours from Typhoon Morakot since Aug. 7 in the worst flooding in half a century.

There is also a chance of afternoon thunder showers in northern and central Taiwan Thursday, CWB meteorologists forecast.

Meanwhile the hot weather in Taiwan will persist, with temperatures expected to reach 35 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan, 34 degrees central Taiwan and 33 degrees in the rest of the island Thursday, the CWB said.

As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, Typhoon Morakot, which pummeled Taiwan Aug. 7-9, had left at least 103 people dead, 45 people injured and 61 still missing. Agricultural losses were estimated at over NT$9 billion, according to figures released by the Central Emergency Operation Center.

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