Days of heavy rain in eastern Taiwan due to the peripheral effects of Tropical Storm Aere have forced a railway line and roads to close.
Railway services on the South Link Line between southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung and eastern Taiwan's Taitung were suspended early Sunday as a mudslide washed away more than 20 meters of the roadbed in a section of the rail line between Taitung's Taimali and Zhiben.
The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) estimated that service would not resume until after midnight.
Meanwhile, the section of Provincial Highway No. 9 between Taitung's Xianglan and Daniao was closed at 7 p.m. Sunday due to rock falls, while restricted access was allowed at the 97.1-kilometer mark of Provincial Highway No. 7, according to the Directorate General of Highways.
The section of the Southern Cross-Island Highway between Taitung's Wulu and Chulai was also hit by rock falls.
Sun Pai-ching (???), an official with the Directorate General of Highways, estimated that authorities could clear the road to Wulu by Monday noon, but adding that the continuous rain in the mountains have affected the progress in clearing and repairing the road.
Accumulated rainfall has reached between 600 and 800 millimeters in several places in Taitung over the past three days, according to data from the Central Weather Bureau.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel