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Death toll from floods rises to five in Taiwan
Updated: 2005-05-16 19:17

Floods caused by torrential rainshave left five people dead and another four missing in Taiwan, according to reports reaching here from Taipei.

The torrential rains started on last Thursday.

According to a casualty report released on Monday, the body of a Taipei County man, identified as Chiang Chang-yu, 38, was found Sunday night after being reported missing earlier.

According to his family, he had gone out to move his car from aparking lot on a flood channel to a safer place but never returned.

Meanwhile, dozens of firefighters and members of private rescueteams in Nantou County are searching for three employees of a bicycle parts company who have been missing in a mountainous area since last Thursday, the report said.

In Hsinchu County, local fire departments mobilized over 50 personnel on Monday to search for a missing construction worker who failed to escape a sudden flood surge that occurred while he was working at a bridge last Thursday.

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