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Landslide hits hot springs hotel in Southeast Taiwan

Nobody injured in the disaster: reports

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Landslide hit hot springs hotel in Zhiben (photo from Taitung County Council speaker April Yao's Facebook page).
The hotel's restaurant after the landslide.
Landslide and flooding hit Zhiben hot springs resort.

Landslide hit hot springs hotel in Zhiben (photo from Taitung County Council speaker April Yao's Facebook page).

The hotel's restaurant after the landslide. (CNA photo)

Landslide and flooding hit Zhiben hot springs resort. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A landslide caused by the torrential rain brought on by Tropical Storm Khanun flooded the Hoya Hot Springs Resort and Spa in the Taitung County resort town of Zhiben (知本), reports said Saturday.

Torrential rains brought on by the storm, which is staying away from Taiwan to the south, have lashed most of the island, but especially its eastern side from Friday to Saturday, triggering landslides and floods in the counties of Taitung and Yilan.

In Zhiben, a town famous for its numerous hot springs, a landslide smashed the windows of the Hoya resort’s first floor and dumped a torrent of mud and rocks into its restaurant around 10:40 Saturday morning, reports said.

No guests were present at the time of the disaster, and none of the staff were injured either, so the cleaning up could start right away, hotel management told the Chinese-language Liberty Times.

Due to the excessive rain and strong winds, the Taitung County Government declared Saturday afternoon a time off for schools and offices, while train traffic in the area also encountered several problems due to flooding, reports said.