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Taiwan and China to face more flooding as Haitang follows Nesat

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Staff Writer | July 30, 2017
After Nesat moved onshore and left more than 100 people injured, Haitang will exacerbate the risk for flooding and mudslides in Taiwan and eastern China through midweek.
Weather   Excessive rainfall
After barreling across northern Taiwan and leaving more than 100 people injured, Nesat made landfall in southeastern China early on Sunday, local time.

Nesat has since weakened to a tropical rainstorm. However, residents of both southeastern China and Taiwan cannot let their guard down and start cleanup operations.

Tropical Depression Haitang is following close behind Nesat and unleashing more torrential rain.

Haitang will add to the already extreme rainfall in the mountains of Taiwan, pushing totals past 750 mm (30 inches) in the southern mountains.

Excessive rainfall since Saturday in Pingtung County in southern Taiwan has topped 980 mm (38 inches) inches) in Dahanshan.

Lives and property will be threatened as already swollen and raging rivers may be pushed further out of their banks, while the tremendous rainfall may trigger new mudslides.

Damaged bridges and road closures may cut off some mountainous communities from receiving aid or supplies in the wake of the storms.