Wet Weather Causes a Spate of Accidents

Wet weather across Taiwan this week has resulted in many traffic accidents. Yesterday, Saturday August 29, a two-vehicle collision on the national highway at Chiayi led to further collisions as other drivers failed to brake on time on the slippery road. A total of 6 vehicles were damaged, and 8 people were injured. Firefighters were dealing with the first collision when a pile-up of four cars occurred about 100 meters behind them. The 8 injured were ferried to three different

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Boy Punches Hole in 350 year-old Painting

Taipei: A 12 year old boy accidentally punched a hole in a painting when he stumbled during a visit to an art exhibition at the Huashan Cultural Park in Taipei, Sunday August 24. The painting, “Flowers” by Paolo Porpora (1617-1673), is valued at more than 1.5 million USD, and is part of a collection of 55 paintings from the late renaissance period on loan to Taipei as part of “The Face of Leonardo, Images of a Genius” exhibition. A security video of

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Post Typhoon Clean-up: Rescues and Airdrops Continue

Wulai Township: A clearer picture of Typhoon Soudelor’s destructive power emerged Monday, as weather cleared, floodwaters receded, and rescue crews reached isolated communities around Wulai, south of Taipei City. The main tourist thoroughfare, Wulai’s ‘Old Street’ is covered by mud, rocks, and other debris. The bridge linking the old street to the main part of the village and its hot-springs resorts, has lost its safety rails. The narrow gauge coal train, constructed during the Japanese colonial period, and now used

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Tornado in Tainan

During unsettled weather, Sunday August 9, in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor, a tornado swept across Tainan County. Dramatic dashcam footage captured the moment a small car was swept along a road and a scooter rider is swept off his motorcyle.

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Emergency Power Restoration too Slow: Electrical Workers Beaten by Thugs

Two employees of Taipower undertaking repairs to the power grid in Yunlin County in the wake of Typhoon Soudelor, were beaten up by a group of thugs wielding baseball bats, who hit the men and smashed a window of their truck. The men were led by former township chairman and husband of the current legislative yuan representative, who is one of three men charged with several offences after the incident. An electrical worker explains the incident and shows his injuries.

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Chinese Taipei vs. Taiwan

This is Chinese Taipei:   Not far outside the rarefied atmosphere of Taipei City stands the community of Wulai, and villages deeper in the mountains who are struggling to survive, with no electricity, clean drinking water, land or mobile communications. The damage caused by Typhoon Soudelor is only now beginning to be assessed, all over Taiwan. While the media has focused its attention in the metropolitan centers, the real victims of Typhoons in Taiwan are usually the people in the

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Typhoon Soudelor Leaves Taiwan in its Wake: Taiwan Wakes to Scenes of Destruction

Typhoon Soudelor made landfall on Taiwan last night and was felt at its most intense in Taipei in the early hours of the morning. Here are some citizen videos showing the intensity of the storm and its aftermath.

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Typhoon Soudelor Grinding Over Taiwan: The Damage So Far

The whole island of Taiwan is now under the influence of this year’s strongest tropical storm Typhoon Soudelor. Huge waves began pounding the east coast this morning, and tourists packed trains and buses to leave the popular tourist areas. Airports were crowded with travelers forming long lines to find vacant seats on flights before take-offs and landings are halted. The following incidents happened during the afternoon of August 7, long before the full brunt of the Typhoon was felt. In

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Taiwan Braces for Typhoon Soudelor

The strongest typhoon to form in the Pacific this year is plowing towards Taiwan at the time of writing Thursday evening August 6, 2015. The full brunt of Typhoon Soudelor is expected to be felt Friday night as the typhoon crosses the island. The forecast track will take it across the middle of the island before heading north-west across the Taiwan Strait into China. The first rains brought by the typhoon have already fallen in Taipei, and other parts of Taiwan.

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Man Survives 8 Story Fall

A man miraculously survived after jumping off a freeway bridge the equivalent of an 8 story building. The man landed on muddy ground and was conscious when rescuers arrived. When reporters and police asked him why he jumped off the bridge, the man kept mumbling “I saw the buddha….. I harmed the buddha”. The man suffered bone fractures, scratches and bruising.     Sources: SETN

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Giant ‘Catfish Sharks’ Found in Temple Pond

Staff and worshippers at a temple in Kaohsiung had long wondered why the numbers of carp and tilapia in the temple pond were on the decline. The mystery was solved when workers lowered the water level in order to make repairs. Temple staff were surprised to find three huge ‘catfish sharks’, also known as Genghis Khan fish. Not actually sharks, but a species of catfish. It is suspected that the fish were probably abandoned aquarium pets that grew to their huge size after

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