500 Villagers Stranded as Heavy Rain Washed Away Only Bridge 連日大雨沖毀陸橋 高雄三村莊成孤島

Kaohsiung was hit by the biggest rain since Typhoon Morakot 11 years ago, with 94 red alerts of potential landslides being issued and a record number of people evacuated. A dramatic video clip of a bridge being swept away has gone viral on the internet, with power outages that have made three indigenous villages being cut off from the outside. 


Taiwan Power workers needed half a day to restore power to Taoyuan's mountainous districts.

Three indigenous villages in Kaohsiung's Taoyuan, including Fuxing, Lafulan, and Meishan, were cut off from the outside world after heavy rains damaged the local access bridge. Villages also suffered from blackouts. Fortunately, Taipower workers were able to restore power to the 500-plus residents before 8 p.m.

Local Farmer: ”I'm happy we can finally get online again with the power back.”

As it is currently mango season, farmers are worried about getting their produce off the mountain without the bridge.

Local Farmer: ”We have orders that need to be fulfilled. Our customers have already paid for home delivery, but we have no way to deliver them right now.”

Kaohsiung has not received this much rain since Typhoon Morakot, with landslide and rockslide alerts issued for 94 rivers. In addition, a record 2,337 people have been evacuated from mountainous areas. The Directorate-General of Highways says repairs to Mingbakelu Bridge will probably take until Aug. 20 to complete.

 

 

8號中午一抵達桃源山區,台電人員就開始檢修設備,白天修到晚上。

這波降雨讓高雄桃源山區復興、拉芙蘭、梅山這3處部落501人,因為橋斷困在裏頭形同孤島,也全面停電,民眾外出只得靠車燈,卻也拍到台電人員摸黑協助復電,幸好當晚八點前,山區全部復電。

居民2:「高興高興。這樣我們都可以連到網路,電也回來了。」

電力解決卻也苦惱交通問題,當地正是金煌芒果採收期,卻因橋斷無法下山,也讓農民憂心採收好的芒果送不出去,而果園的水果,也讓可能被打壞。

農民:「人家已經訂好了宅配。我要去、要宅配的,人家已經給錢了。現在沒有路了,出不去了。」

市府統計,這波雨勢是高雄在莫拉克風災後,所碰上的最大降雨,轄區有高達94條土石流潛勢溪流達紅色警戒,山區撤離人數也是歷年來最多,撤離了2337人,市府目前正在全力搶通,不過公路局預估,被沖毀的明霸克露橋,恐怕得到8月20號才可能通行。

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