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Hurricane Harvey traps 24 Universiade athletes in Taiwan

Police and a university helped them find shelter

Harvey forced 24 U.S. athletes to stay behind in Taiwan.

Harvey forced 24 U.S. athletes to stay behind in Taiwan. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – At least 24 athletes from the United States have been unable to head home after the Universiade due to Hurricane Harvey, but they have been offered shelter by a university, reports said Saturday.

The storm slammed into Texas earlier this week, causing widespread flooding and destruction, especially around Houston.

As the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade came to a close Wednesday, 24 U.S. athletes found themselves forced to stay in Taiwan due to the disaster back home. As the event’s Athlete Village officially closed Saturday, their housing became a problem, but the National Taiwan Sport University in Taoyuan City found them places at student dormitories.

The Foreign Affairs Police in the district of Guishan immediately sent officers to provide assistance and to resolve problems, reports said. Local police handed out tie clips as souvenirs and the farmers’ association gave bags of tea so the athletes would remember the taste of Taiwan once they had returned safely home.

The group is due to leave the island on a flight Sunday evening.