Consecutive days of torrential rains have devastated Taiwan's north coast last weekend, and huge amounts of driftwood have washed up onshore, blocking ship routes in Keelung's Zhengbin and Badouzi fishing harbors. The driftwood, trash and bamboo brought by the torrential rains made it difficult for fishing boats to leave the harbor. Local yacht captains said that this is the first time that plum rains have caused so much damage.
(So how do you leave the harbor, Captain?)
Now? We have to do it slowly and avoid the trash.
This yacht slowly sails from the Bisha fishing harbor, but the narrow channel connecting the harbor to the sea is clogged with bamboo, driftwood, and trash brought by the torrential rains. The captain decides to turn off the engine and drift with the tide, but debris still finds its way into the engine.
I've completely let off the gas, its' on idle now. See, now it's been hit by something again, here it?
The yacht can only continue moving when the captain removes the bamboo stuck in the propellers. After the plum rains devastated the north coast last weekend, numerous fishing harbors in Keelung, including Zhengbin, Bisha, and Badouzi, were all inundated with drifting debris that made it difficult for ships to sail in and out. The shipping route to Keelung Island was also full of debris.
=="PISTON" Yacht Coach==
This is the first time the plum rains have caused this. Usually, when this happens, it's because there had been a typhoon.
==HUANG YI-CHING PTS Reporter==
The shipping lanes outside of Badouzi are full of debris, so marine safety drills are also avoiding the area.
Coast Guard ships conducting exercises at sea must carefully avoid the area. Keelung City, the Coast Guard, and private fleets have all started cleanup efforts to ensure maritime safety.
==TSAI FU-NING Marine Affairs Division Chief, Keelung City==
We rarely do this. In the past, we would never do much about drifting debris, because it naturally drifts with the ocean currents. But our forecasts show that, in two or three days, larger pieces of driftwood may come from the south.
Large amounts of water hyacinth have also drifted into Keelung's harbors. Government officials believe ocean currents brought them from the west coast. Because the hyacinths spread quickly and have no natural enemies, they often block waterways and must be immediately cleared away. Though much of the focus has been on the effect of flooding in cities, the harbors of Taiwan were not spared.
Translated by JOHN CHEN
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