Floods hit blast-ravaged Taiwan city

TAIPEI – Torrential rain on Monday forced the Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung to shut schools and offices as floods overwhelmed its sewage system which was severely damaged by gas explosions last month that killed 30 people and injured 300.


Residents rushed to pile up sandbags in the two districts where drainage systems were affected by the blasts but many were marooned by the rising waters. At least 180 mm (seven inches) of rain fell on Monday morning following weekend downpours which dumped hundreds of millimetres of rain on the southern city.


"We've deployed dozens of water pumps in the two districts hoping they would help drain the water," a city government official said.

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