Heavy rain causes travel disruptions in eastern Taiwan

Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said several railway line around the county were shut down yesterday due to flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains. (Courtesy of TRA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – Road and rail travel in eastern Taiwan was disrupted Saturday by flooding and landslides caused by heavy rains in the area, government agencies said.

Several sections of highways and railways in eastern parts of the country had to be closed as a northeasterly monsoon and the peripheral bands of Tropical Storm Khanun brought torrential rain to the country, the agencies said.

In Taitung County, travel on the Guanshan-Rueiyuan railway line was suspended due to flooding, and the passengers were transferred to shuttle buses, according to Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA).

Another railway line in the county, which was closed due to flooding, was reopened at 1:41 p.m., allowing travel between Jhihben and Kangle, TRA said.

Meanwhile, Taitung Hoya Resort Hotel was closed Saturday for safety reasons as mudslides and rock falls were occurring in the area.

In Yilan County, parts of Provincial Highway 7 were damaged by floods and remained closed until 5 p.m. Sunday, said the Directorate General of Highways.

It also said that Provincial Highway 8, which runs between Dayuling and Taroko in Hualien County, was closed at 8 a.m. Saturday as a precautionary measure and would not be reopened until 8 a.m. Sunday.

In other parts of eastern Taiwan, Taipingshan National Forest Recreation Area, Guanwu Recreation Area, and Jhihben National Forest Recreation Area were closed due to heavy rains and gusty winds in the mountainous areas, the Forestry Bureau said. 

By Wang Shu-fen and Isabel Wang