Taiwan pounded by tropical storm
Tropical Storm Kong-Rey has battered Taiwan, dumping more than 19ins of rain on the heavily-populated west coast and causing widespread flooding.
Kong-Rey skirted the island’s east coast before heading north towards Japan. It is expected to fizzle out over the western Pacific without causing additional damage.
Particularly hard hit in Taiwan were the large west coast cities of Chiayi, Tainan and Kaohsiung, where flooding in some areas reached second-storey levels. In Tainan, officials evacuated 29 people from a nursing home and cancelled some train services.
There were no immediate reports of casualties from the storm.
Kong-Rey is the second major storm to hit Taiwan this month. Last week, a severe tropical storm dumped up to 39ins of rain on the southern part of the island.
High winds caused scores of international flights to be cancelled and in conjunction with the rain led to the disruption of the high-speed rail service between the capital Taipei and Kaohsiung.
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