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Alishan area re-opens as heavy rainfall abates

2012/06/15 16:40:42

Taipei, June 15 (CNA) The decreasing rainfall has led to the re-opening of the highway in Alishan and the popular AlishanNational Forest Recreation Area in Chiayi County, southern Taiwanon Friday.

After being shut for five days as a preventive measure to avoid possible disasters triggered by heavy downpours, the highway section between the 66-88km mark was re-opened at 8 a.m. by the DirectorateGeneral of Highways and the recreation Area at 10 a.m., said theForestry Bureau of Chiayi Forest District Office.

The torrential rain did not cause any severe damage to the disaster-prone recreation area, the bureau said.

However, the Shenmu line -- one of the three Alishan forest railway branch lines -- will remain temporarily closed and services will only resume after the line passes a safety inspection, thebureau added.

The total rainfall in Alishan Township amounted to only 58 millimeters between midnight and 10 a.m. on Friday, less thanthe 133.5 mm recorded in the coastal Chiayi township of Tungshih.

The total amount of rainfall measured in Tungshih over the same hours a day earlier was 209 mm, which was third highest amountin Taiwan over the recent rainy period.

(By Chang Chun-liang and I-Ling Chen)