Days of extremely heavy rain have caused several landslides in Chiayi's Alishan Mountain area. In Kaohsiung's Tauyuan District, accumulated precipitation exceeded 250 millimeters, which has again caused the local access road to collapse, with over a thousand people evacuating as a precautionary measure.
Rockfall was non-stop from the slope, as maintenance workers were busy repairing Alishan's Chukou section of Provincial Highway 18. Days of extremely heavy rain have made the soil soft, and there were landslides at two points.
==HUANG CHIU-YANG Chief of 5th Maintenance Office, DGH, MOTC==
When rains stopped, we immediately started repair work. We completed the work by 8:30am creating a single lane with two-way traffic.
The Directorate General of Highways reminds the public, that ground in mountain areas has reached a level of saturation, so the public should mountain areas, if not necessary. The Alishan Forest Railway operation may resume by June 18.
In Chiayi's Dongshih Township, low-lying Choutsai Village has had accumulated rainfall of 20 centimeters. A 95-year-old grandmother did not want to be evacuated, but the village chief and neighbors persuaded her and carried her to a safe shelter.
On June 17, from midnight to 5 am, Kaohsiung's Tauyuan District had accumulated rainfall of 250 millimeters. There were flash flloods from waters at Laonong Creek, and the Southern Cross-island Highway was again cut off, with over a thousand people took evacuated as a precaution.
==TIEN WEI-TSE Chief of Civil Affairs Div., Tauyuan Dist., Kaohsiung City==
The number of people evacuated was 1,207. The area above Chin-ho Road is cut off.
On the ferry route between Pingtung's Donggang and Liouciou, waves exceeded three meters, so that travel time was extended from 10 to 20 minutes.
TRANSLATED BY: ANTHONY LIN
記者 李淑蘭 許政俊 南部報導。
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