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Tropical storm causes traffic disruptions in Taiwan

2019/08/24 14:31:24

Photo courtesy of Hualien County Fire Department

Taipei, Aug. 24 (CNA) Air, road and sea traffic has been disrupted by Tropical Storm Bailu, which landed in Pingtung County in southernmost Taiwan at 1 p.m. Saturday, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said.

As of 10 a.m., 350 domestic and international flights were canceled, while another 40 were delayed, the MOTC said.

There were also 220 ferry services suspended, most connecting Taiwan, its outlying islands, and China.

In addition, southbound limited express train services with the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) have been canceled starting at Changhua County, with local trains canceled starting from Chiayi County.

Likewise, final stops for northbound limited express trains and local trains have been changed to Changhua and Chiayi, respectively.

As of noon Saturday, the MOTC has closed three road sections -- on Provincial Highways No. 20, 23 and 8 -- in south and southeastern Taiwan for precautions due to falling rocks and mudslides reported in those areas.

The closed sections on Highways No. 20 and No. 8 will be reopened at 8 a.m. Sunday, while that on No. 23 will be reopened at noon, depending on the extent of the damage, according to the ministry.

As of 1 p.m. Saturday, Bailu was located 100 kilometers south-southwest of Taitung County in eastern Taiwan, moving in a west-northwesterly direction at 28 kilometers per hour toward southeastern China, CWB data showed.

With a radius of 150 km, it was packing maximum sustained winds of 108 kph, with gusts of up to 137 kph.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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