Taiwan nuclear power plant shuts down after record rain engulfs the island

More than 600 mm (23.6 inches) of rain fell in under 11 hours in northern Taiwan today, June 2, 2017, killing at least 1 person, leaving 2 missing and injuring more than 20.

Heavy rain toppled electricity pylon near New Taipei’s Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in the automatic shutdown of the plant. The heavy downpours are expected to continue through the weekend.

Some areas of the affected region saw water surging into cars, homes and businesses after . Channel News Asia reported the body of a female motorcyclist was found after being washed into a ditch in New Taipei City, one of the worst hit areas.

According to the National Fire Agency, two people, one from New Taipei City and the other from the city of Keelung are missing after being swept off, while a road bridge in the area was smashed in half by a swollen river. At least 20 people were hurt in the deluge, including a driver injured when his truck overturned and another man hurt after being buried in a mudslide.

Around 15 hikers were also stranded on a mountain in central Miaoli because of a surging river, but were thought to be unharmed and with sufficient supplies. At a kindergarten in Taipei, 53 children had to be evacuated as floodwater poured in, local media said. More than 300 flights were delayed at Taiwan’s Taoyuan International Airport.

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Taiwan nuclear plant shuts down after heavy rain on June 2 2017.
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In some areas of northern Taiwan more than 600mm of rain fell within 11 hours.
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Heavy rain will continue over the weekend in Taiwan.

Taipower said the 345-kV tower fell at 10:31 local time, resulting in the automatic shutdown of the New Taipei’s Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant reactor No. 2 – a safety mechanism activated whenever a reactor cannot transmit power, The China Post reported. Local media sources indicated that neither the reactor nor the generator was damaged during the incident. However, for safety reasons, the restarted reactor will remain running at 75% capacity – the level at which it was running when the shutdown occurred – until it runs out of fuel, which is estimated to be June 10 or 11.

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