(Water runs in front of hotels in Lusan (廬山) in Nantou County (南投縣) yesterday. Seven hotels located downstream were flooded, according to Renai Township Office (仁愛鄉公所). (CNA))
Saola has left at least five dead, two missing and 16 injured, according to the Central Emergency Operation Center.
As of 10:15 p.m. last night, Saola was centered 90 kilometers north-northwest of Taipei, moving in a northwesterly direction at 23 kilometers per hour.
Saola was downgraded to a tropical storm after making landfall for the second time in Northeastern Taiwan at 2:30 p.m. yesterday.
Wang Ming-hsiang (王明祥), head of the Chuntou Police Precinct (圳頭派出所) in New Taipei’s Sanxia District (三峽區), was found unconscious in a mountain stream, the center said. Police suspect that Wang may have suffered a heart attack. He died roughly two hours after being rushed to a hospital for emergency treatment.
Another casualty in New Taipei City occurred after a road collapsed on Qingshui Street, the center said. The foundation of the road was eroded by the rising water of adjacent Sanxia River (三峽河).
The owner of a flower shop on the street was checking the road condition when the collapse occurred. He fell into the cavity and died after being rushed to the hospital.
In Yilan a couple were killed after being buried by a mudslide in their vegetable field.
A man riding a motorcycle in Chiayi County died when he was hit by a falling tree yesterday morning.
A male was swamped by water yesterday at noon in Changhua County, while an arsenal administrator in Hualien County was also missing after the arsenal was hit by a mudslide.
The 16 injuries occurred in Taipei, New Taipei, Hsinchu City, Taichung and Tainan, the center said.
As of 6:00 p.m., level one water level warnings were in effect in Tainan and Yunlin County (雲林縣). Chiayi, Hsinchu and Miaoli counties were those issuing level two warnings.
Heavy Rainfall to Continue
Heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Saola is likely to continue, especially in Northern and Central Taiwan, as the storm’s outer rim is still well-defined, but the wet weather could begin to ease off by midday Friday as the storm weakens, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
As of 7:50 p.m., the storm had dumped 1,782.5 mm of rain on Taiping Mountain in Yilan Country, the highest accumulated volume in the country, while Taichung City and Hsinchu County had each received 1,100 mm of rain, the weather bureau said.