Floods hit southwest Taiwan ahead of Typhoon Nesat

Several cities in Pingtung County flooded

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Flooding in Linbian, Pingtung County, photo courtesy of Pingtung Police.

Flooding in Linbian, Pingtung County, photo courtesy of Pingtung Police. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As Typhoon Nesat approached Taiwan from the east Saturday, it was Pingtung County in the southwest which reported the first instances of flooding.

The storm was expected to make landfall in Hualien County after 8 p.m. Saturday and cross the island until moving into the Taiwan Straits early Sunday, but the first reports of high water came from cities in Pingtung County.

Streets were flooded in at least five towns, including the harbor city of Donggang, and in Linbian, Jiadong, Xinyuan and Nanzhou, reports said.

More than 100 millimeters of rain had fallen in several of the Pingtung County communities, the Central Weather Bureau said.

Jiadong topped the bureau list for the location where the most rain had fallen between 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday, with 126 millimeters. All but one of the top-10 sites for the heaviest rainfall were in Pingtung County, with the exception being the Feicui Reservoir in Pinglin, New Taipei City.

Rain was expected to intensify in most of the island as Typhoon Nesat continued on its northwesterly course. By 3:15 p.m. Saturday, the eye of the storm was situated 120 kilometers east-southeast of Hualien and moving at 20 kilometers per hour, but slowing down to 15 kph.