Oct 12, 2016 UncategorizedComments Off on Railway in Taitung reopened Monday afternoon
The South-Link Railway Line between Taimali (???) and Zhiben (??) in Taitung County reopened at 2 p.m. on Monday, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said.
Service on the 98.2 kilometer-long rail line from Fangliao in Pingtung County to Taitung City was disrupted three times during the three-day National Day holiday due to torrential rains brought by the outer periphery of Tropical Storm Aere.
Service on the rail line was disrupted for about three hours on Saturday morning after a Tzuchiang express train ran into a three-meter high and 10 meter-long mudslide on the Zhiben-to-Taimali section.
The rail line was disrupted in the same section again on Sunday morning after landslides eroded the line's roadbed and persistent rain made repair work difficult. Repairs were finished on Sunday evening and service was restarted on Monday morning.
The third disruption came around Monday at noon when the roadbed sank and steel rails shifted, causing delays to 14 trains and some 3,500 passengers, according to the TRA statistics.
Accumulated rainfall has reached between 700 and 950 millimeters in several places in Taitung over the past four days, according to data from the Central Weather Bureau.
Five convenience stores between Taitung City and Fangliao in Pingtung had sold out their provisions and had nothing to sell for more than 72 hours, the first time that had happened since Typhoon Morakot hit southern Taiwan in August 2009, according to the United Evening News on Monday.
About 30 spots in the parallel South Link Highway (Provincial Highway No. 9) were blocked by mudslides at different times during the three-day holiday, according to the report.
As of Monday evening, the Central Weather Bureau still had heavy rain (defined as 80 mm or more in a 24-hour period) advisories in place for Taitung County, the Hengchun Peninsula in Pingtung County, Yilan County and part of Taipei.
The bureau also issued advisories for extremely heavy rain (200 mm or more in a 24-hour period) for parts of New Taipei and for torrential rain (350 mm or more in a 24-hour period) for Keelung and parts of New Taipei.