Taipei--Several sections of Provincial Highway No. 2, a major coastal highway in northern Taiwan, have been closed indefinitely due to flooding and mudslide caused by heavy rain, the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) said Friday.
The affected areas are sections 15K-52K between New Taipei's Sanzhi and Wanli districts, 67K-71K along the fishing port of Bisha in Keelung, and 75K-84K between the coastal scenic areas of Ruibin and Bitou in New Taipei, the DGH said.
The DGH urged motorists to avoid using those sections of the coastal highway in recent days as its crews work to clear debris off the roadway and make necessary repairs.
According to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB), areas on Taiwan's northern coast have been deluged by heavy rainfall since early Friday due to a hovering front and southwesterly airstream.
As of 2 p.m., the accumulated rainfall in coastal districts of New Taipei was 642 mm in Sanzhi, 629 mm in Shimen, 570 in Jinshan, 382 in Wanli and 375 in Danshui, CWB data showed.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel