The South-Link Railway Line cutting across southern Taiwan was closed Sunday after landslides eroded the line's trackbed between Taimali and Zhiben in Taitung County, the Taiwan Railways Administration said.
Service on the 98.2 kilometer-long rail line from Fangliao in Pingtung County to Taitung was suspended for the day due to difficulties in repairing the damage and persistent rain, the agency said.
Though Taitung County in southeastern Taiwan has been especially hard hit by heavy rain in recent days, the Central Weather Bureau still had torrential and heavy rain advisories in effect for northern and eastern Taiwan as well as the Hengchun Peninsula in the south as of Sunday afternoon.
Parts of Keelung in northern Taiwan and Taitung County had already experienced extreme torrential rains on Sunday (defined as 500 millimeters of rain or more in a 24-hour period).
At the same time, parts of New Taipei, Taipei, Pingtung County, Yilan County, and Hualien County experienced extremely heavy rain (200 millimeters or more in a 24-hour period).
The bureau forecast that coastal areas in Keelung and in Pingtung County and mountainous areas in Greater Taipei will see occasional heavy rain from Sunday night to Monday.
Meanwhile, the Water Resources Agency under the Ministry of Economic Affairs maintained its flood warnings for New Taipei's Wanli District and Taimali in Taitung County.
The Soil and Water Conservation Bureau under the Council of Agriculture also extended its landslide warnings to areas near 95 rivers in Taitung County.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel