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Taiwan rain kills five, forces evacuation of 3,000

06-12-2012 17:44 BJT

Torrential rain that started to lash Taiwan Sunday has killed five people and forced the evacuation of more than 3,200, rescuers said Tuesday.

Two people died and another sustained injuries as a makeshift shelter was swallowed by a rain-generated landslide in the hilly Nantou county Monday morning, according to Taiwan's emergency operation center.

Another two people died of injuries Monday evening after a forest affairs office was hit by a mudslide in Taichung city. One more person was found dead, suspected drowned, in the small hours Tuesday in Taoyuan county.

Authorities put eight counties and cities, mainly in the mountainous center and south region, on high alert for mudslides.

Heavy rain started to pelt the northern Taiwan cities of Taipei and Xinbei early Tuesday morning, with rainfall totalling 350 mm in some parts. Rain also caused educational authorities to suspend schools in the twin cities.

Heavy rain is expected to last until Saturday in most parts of Taiwan, according to weather forecast.

Editor:Shi Jierui |Source: Xinhua

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