Housing complex in Changhua sinking after days of heavy rain
CNATAIPEI -- Some 120 residents of a housing complex in Changhua City in Central Taiwan have been evacuated due to land subsidence in the area after days of heavy rain, the village chief said Sunday.
September 2, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The residents of the 28 buildings were moved to safety Saturday night with the help of the Changhua City Office and Chanhua County government, after cracks opened in a road in the community and cracking sounds were heard in the houses.
Village chief Wu Liang-tsai said Sunday that he had found a crack in the road Saturday afternoon and by Saturday night, it had widened to more than 10 centimeters.
He also found that the 30-year old multistory buildings in the housing complex were sinking, he said.
Approximately 120 residents of the complex were evacuated, some moving to the homes of relatives, while others were given refuge at a temple and at a facility for elderly veterans.
Some of the evacuees who returned to their houses Sunday to collect their belongings reported that the floors of their kitchens and living rooms had shifted significantly.
Meanwhile, in the central city of Taichung, a family complex in the mountainous Wufeng District was damaged by landslides caused by torrential rain over the past few days.
The floor and walls of the bungalows in the complex in Tunglin Village were cracked and the doors and windows were warped.
The family of six has been advised to evacuate the property as the rain continued in Wufeng, although there were no immediate signs of danger, according to the village chief Lu Yu-shan.
A person holds a can of lubricating oil as a scale to show the level of sinking at a house in Changhua after days of heavy rain, yesterday. (CNA)