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RAIN DISASTERS IN CENTRAL AND SOUTH TAIWAN|連日大雨 阿里山森鐵全面停駛 今機動調度

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-06-18
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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


連日山區大雨,使得嘉義、阿里山區,在清晨出現坍方,幸好在中午前,已經搶通。不過,阿里山、森林鐵路,則是「全面停駛」,明天會視情況調度。而在高雄、桃源山區,累積雨量,超過250毫米,這讓原本搶通的「南橫公路」溪底便道,再度被溪水沖毀、桃源區有上千人、預防性撤離。


邊坡土石不斷滑落,工務段人員趁著雨勢稍緩,冒險搶通,台18線阿里山公路觸口路段,受到連日山區大雨影響,沿線土石鬆軟,清晨出現兩處坍方落石,阻斷雙向交通。

==阿里山工務段長 黃秋揚==
在雨勢稍歇之後
工務段馬上進行機具的搶通作業
也在8點30分完成
道路單線雙向通行搶通作業

提醒民眾,山區土石含水飽和,沒有必要避免上山。至於,阿里山森林鐵路邊坡多處土石、樹木滑落,下午過後全面停駛,18號機動調整。


而嘉義東石洲仔村低窪地區,前一晚大雨過後,到現在積水仍有20公分高,95歲獨居的池姓阿嬤,堅持不肯撤離,但村長、鄰居擔心她的安危,再三勸說,終於將她背離住家。

從17號零時到下午五點,高雄桃源山區累積雨量超過250毫米,荖濃溪溪水暴漲,南橫公路92K處,原本搶通的溪底便道,再度被沖斷,上千人預防性撤離。

==高雄市桃源區民政課長 田維哲==
現在目前撤離人數有1207人
勤和路段以上 現在路是不通的

往返屏東東港和小琉球的航線,同樣受到梅雨鋒面影響,浪高超過3米,航行時間延長10到20分鐘。

記者 李淑蘭 許政俊 南部報導。