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Torrential rain to affect many areas in Taiwan in the forthcoming days

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Southern Taiwan will be hit by torrential rain in the coming days, which is likely to delay disaster relief work and reconstruction at the scene of the Kaohsiung gas explosions.

Heavy rainfall occurred in various parts of Taiwan yesterday, with torrential rain in Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtun.

According to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB), accumulated rainfall reached over 130 millimeters between 12 a.m. and 5:40 p.m. yesterday. In some parts of Kaohsiung, the city that suffered a series of gas explosions, rainfall reached 165 millimeters. In some areas of Pingtung, rainfall accumulation reached 151 millimeters.

In Kaohsiung's Cianjhen and Lingya districts, where the gas explosions occurred, rainfall reached 80 millimeters and 50 millimeters, respectively. Flooding has also occurred in areas of the city. Water flooded into collapsed roads, turning them into “mini canals.”

According to the CWB, a southwesterly current will be affecting Taiwan until August 13. The CWB said the force of the current will pick up in the coming days, causing more rainfall over an extended period of time.

Showers, thundershowers or torrential rains might be seen in Central and Southern Taiwan. There are chances of showers in other parts of Taiwan in the afternoon.

The CWB expects the southwesterly current affecting Taiwan to reduce in force from Thursday. However, southwesterly winds will continue to blow, with showers and thundershowers expected to continue in Southern Taiwan.

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